I was alarmed I wasn't offered lunch but that is another story. The lunch looked crappy anyway.
I saw applicants Thomas Raftery, Mary Cagle, and Michael Murawski being interviewed for the job of Inspector General -- I wrote about this yesterday. They are the first 3 of 13. It was decided by the selection committee that no one would recuse themselves from the vote even though some of the people on the selection committee knew some of the applicants pretty well. This didn't particularly bother me until one person on the selection committee said to an applicant "You hit a home run" which to me was totally out of line. I didn't think so at all on that applicant. Now I think they should recuse themselves.
I will not divulge the questions to be asked even though I have a copy of them. The county attorney in attendance deemed it a public meeting and let me say, some of the members doing the interviewing were not happy campers when I asked for the questions and the attorney decided I had a right to them. You could see that "damn public" look in their eyes.
I will also not rat on any of the applicants answers as there are more people to be interviewed. I felt the interviewers made an effort to listen carefully to all 3...better than I was listening.
There were two answers by applicants that rattled me:
One applicant said they would forge relationships and meet with commissioners. ICK on that one. How about arms length? You might be investigating some of them, hopefully, we don't want you to be their friends. No relationships. If someone is going to spill their guts it is not because you are their friend.
The second was the refusal of one not to be negotiable on salary. It was very funny to hear people say that County salaries were pretty high compared to State salaries. The salary issue is particularly funny when you consider the brouhaha that Thomas Raftery's proposed salary increase, to a paultry $165,000, caused in Philly (He makes $130).
Anyway, it was not a totally boring experience. My only advice to the Selection Committee: I want you to hire a pitbull not a bureaucrat.
One thing that did bother me besides the lunch snub, they didn't have a question about the public or talk much about us -- the taxpayers. If they want to forge relationships they should forge them with us, the ones that are tired of being robbed, cheated and misgoverned. Chris Mazzella we will miss you. I have a feeling we will get a bureaucrat afraid to take risks.
Everyone on the committee was reminded that their notes were public records. No, I didn't ask for them but you can.