Friday, July 1, 2011

Another one bites the dust?

Posted by on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

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The city confirms that finance director Terri Velasquez has been placed on 30-day paid administrative leave by Mayor Steve Bach's chief of staff, Steve Cox.

Of course, since it's a personnel matter, the city refuses to discuss why this happened. One thing is for sure: City employees are probably shaking in their boots. Despite Bach's constant praise of city employees, his actions — or rather, the actions of his chief of staff — seem to express other emotions.

Shortly before taking office, communications head Sue Skiffington-Blumberg was forced to resign. Bach said he had nothing do with it. It was Cox's call!

Then Bach — whoops, I mean, Cox — ordered that city employees not talk to the media without checking with him first. But before you could cry "Command and control," the city was claiming that no media policies had changed. These had always been in place.

Right.

Now, the finance director is on leave. You have to wonder what Velasquez did. Let's all hope it was something serious enough to warrant the removal, at least temporarily, of a bright and hard-working woman who carried this city through the worst financial crisis in recent history.

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