Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Roman Gastesi: what kind of county administrator falls for "cheap" iPhones being sold out the trunk of a county employee's car? ... by gimleteye

With all the attention and focus on government corruption in South Florida, what kind of top administrator falls for "cheap" cellular phones sold out of a fellow government employees' car? And thinks, that's ok? What conclusions to draw from this story?

One, it shows that a culture of criminality has seeped all the way through local government. I don't know if former "water czar" for Miami-Dade County Roman Gastesi is dumber than a brick, or, if he felt immune from the law.

Rate Monroe County commissioners even more complicit for allowing Mr. Gastesi to keep his job as top county administrator. I found one of the comments on the Herald report this morning insightful:

Ernie444 wrote: "Gastesi is quite an operator. He parlayed his communications job with the South Florida Water Management District into a highly-paid position on disgraced ex-Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver's staff as Shiver's "water expert." That mysterious and unnecessary position was created just for him with no subordinates or responsibility. Then he fooled many in Monroe County into thinking he served as Miami-Dade's Director of the Water & Sewer Dept (a different position with a huge staff and actual responsibility) and so the Monroe County Commissioners hired him to be their county manager. ... Gastesi still claims to be an expert in water management although I have seen no evidence of formal training in that area. His undergraduate degree is in entomology (the study of bugs) and he received an MPA (courtesy of Miami-Dade County) at FIU night school."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/10/2995966/florida-keys-administrator-keeps.html#storylink=cpy

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yup,
Fish start to stink from the head.

Anonymous said...

I was shocked when I heard Roman Gastasi was hired to run an entire county. Absolutely unqualified. I notice he does not have a bio on the Monroe County website or anywhere else on the web. Guess why.

Patricia said...

Does anyone else remember when Roman was a bartender? Before he worked at SFWMD, he was a bartender at Studebakers in Kendall. Although he reminds me of an imposter,  he is definitely not stupid. 

Anonymous said...

Well he and county ag czar got along splendidly... Shared space and attitudes.

Anonymous said...

One of the apparatchik.

Rick said...

I'm not sure that this shows that every Monroe County employee is on the take, as your rhetoric implies.

What it does show is that government employees can be as stupid and greedy as private sector employees.

Imagine that.

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Anonymous said...

I used to think that Roman Gastesi was a perfect example of the Peter Principle, which holds that every employee rises to the level of their incompetency and are promoted until they have responsibilities that they are unable to fulfill. Gastesi hit this level early in his career, but that didn't stop him from rising even further beyond his level of ability and expertise. Call it the Roman Principle.

Anonymous said...

How do idiots like this stay out of jail? Worse why do the taxpayers have to pay them?

Anonymous said...

Of course Rick the blogger has nothing but contempt for the private sector. He has gotten rich and fat through his work for the federal government.

grayland said...

And, some wonder why municipal budgets are through the roof paying benefits to absolutely unqualified & incompetent employees! Just to be clear, this is not a blanket statement about public employees as a whole, just the one's like this guy, but they're all over the place everywhere in South Florida!

Rick said...

Hey, Anon 2 up (EoM, how about some times on these comments? maybe?)...and you're a convicted child molester...see how easy that is?

On a somewhat related topic, it's looking like EoM has given up doing anything with the comments.

Super.

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