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Why is the Blade supporting the hiring of an out of town chief of staff

As I'm sure all of you aware the mayors chief of staff is not local and all of city council voted to raise the salary cap to hire her even though she has never served in the position before.

The Blade is totally in support of this:

This is the top non-elected position in the city and we are hiring someone out of town and even raising the salary cap (something else I have a problem with seeing they can't fix the damn roads) to get her on staff.

A lot of people jumped on Hickory Farms last year when they announced they were relocating to Chicago because of the lack of talent in Toledo.

Isn't the mayor and city council helping to support Hickory Farms case seeing they are raising the salary cap to hire someone from out of town with no previous experience in this capacity?

With this move I don't feel that city council or the Blade should not be complaining that companies like Amazon aren't considering Toledo or companies like Hickory Farms are relocating due to lack of qualified employees when the city is hiring someone from out of town for a top position.

And I'm sure when Wades term is up and/or if he doesn't get reelected in four years she'll move with him to his new position if he stays in local government with a nice pay raise or if he drops out of politics the water department will create a higher paying position for her.

created by classylady on Feb 16, 2018 at 12:03:19 pm     Comments: 14

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I have no problem with bringing in new blood to a position such as this. She must be worth it in the eyes of Wade, and council must of approved her merit. You want quality personnel, sometimes you have to pay for it. Time will tell if it is worth it.

posted by Hoops on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:03:42 pm     #   4 people liked this

If they can't find anyone qualified in the city of Toledo to fill the position then I'm fine with them getting someone better qualified from another city.

But if that's the case city council and the Blade need to stop bitching about Hickory Farms saying they can't find talented people in Toledo and companies like Amazon not rushing to build facilities here.

If the city has to hire an out of towner and go as far as offering her a higher salary then they shouldn't be criticizing for profit companies like Hickory Farms for stating there is a lack of talented employees in Toledo. Wade is proving their point

posted by classylady on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:18:21 pm     #  

Maybe Wade wanted someone who wasn't part of the Lucas County Swamp. I'm OK with that.

posted by Foodie on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:21:03 pm     #   8 people liked this

Agree with Foodie's thought on it. This area is so bogged down by the same groupthink that has gotten us nowhere for decades. Bringing someone in who is going to see everything for its true value, and act accordingly, would be a huge benefit. Like MKSK said when they presented their plan last year, they see no sacred cows, and are simply presenting what they see as the best option forward, regardless of who may not like it.

And hey, if you're the mayor of a city like Toledo, priority #1 needs to be turning around the trend of population loss. Consider this 1 in the gained column!

posted by Johio83 on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:36:37 pm     #   4 people liked this

Was a job search conducted? Were only people from out of town considered?

posted by slowsol on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:37:17 pm     #  

You population keeps dropping yet you need more and more Indians. You've lost 100,000 since 1970 and the trend continues.

posted by Nyse on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:42:15 pm     #   1 person liked this

The manner by which the new chief of staff was hired causes some concern for how a brand new administration will be actually functioning. Slowsol raised two important questions and would add that, I believe, a paid head hunter was used to narrow the selection. After deciding on this candidate, who appeared on local Sunday morning interview shows before council's vote to raise the salary by $6,000 per year, stating she had been looking at locations for a residence that would indicate an agreement and a done deal. The salary was set by ordinance when the job offer was made. If representations were presented as in "oh don't be concerned we can up that anytime we choose," then it speaks poorly for the future in terms of transparency.Putting air in one tire does not mean all four then now need it. Was surprised at the backwardness of the hire. Time will demonstrate the wisdom of the choice.

posted by Mariner on Feb 16, 2018 at 03:21:42 pm     #  

I was surprised Wade didn't hire one of his friends/campaign workers for this position. Fresh blood may be something we need instead of someone that is one of the "good old boys."

I don't recall the Blade running an editorial complaining about Hickory Farms decision to relocate.

posted by classylady on Feb 16, 2018 at 04:01:54 pm     #  

This was the thread I was thinking of:

I thought there was a lot of complaining about their reasoning to relocate due to lack of talent but appears I was wrong.

But I could swear I remember the Blade running an editorial complaining about Hickory Farms decision to relocate but I can't locate that either. Sucks to be old:)

posted by classylady on Feb 16, 2018 at 04:06:57 pm     #  

I don't remember seeing an editorial, but they did a story with local business owners to "refute" Hickory Farms' claim.

posted by Columbusguy on Feb 16, 2018 at 04:44:50 pm     #  

Not that I want to support the Blade, but the "Talent" Hickory Farms is looking for is mostly administrative. (IT, Finance, HR, Sales etc...) That type of talent is a lot less rare than someone who is capable/experienced enough to be a Chief of Staff and is willing to work in government. (not to say she is, just in my mind the bar should be pretty high for that type of position)

posted by glasscityguy on Feb 16, 2018 at 05:31:27 pm     #  

I support this move. New blood and talent in Toledo is a good thing, and her lack of Toledo Politics experience will allow her to make some decisions Wade's friends wouldn't be able to make. This should be interesting to follow along with!

posted by upso on Feb 16, 2018 at 05:55:09 pm     #   8 people liked this

There is the old saying, something like "if you want something you've never had, you must do what you've never done".

People keep saying they want Toledo to be more progressive/business friendly/fun like X city. We can't do that by just rehashing Toledo politicians and bringing in people that only can think in terms of Toledo. We need voices from the outside.

posted by JoeyGee on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:08:49 pm     #  

I agree. Sometimes when you are stuck in a rut for a really long time, you get used to it, and you think it's okay, but it's not.

You lose sight of perspective, and you just don't see the situation in the same light as someone who didn't play a part in how the situation ended up that way.

posted by foodie88 on Feb 16, 2018 at 11:49:02 pm     #