One the problems with all too many elected public officials is that if you check their statements and actions on any given topic, you are likely to see that they are a bundle of contradictory statements/actions.
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) thinks that Canton Mayor William J. Healy, II ("tongue in cheek") deserves an award for his believability.
Working our way back from today to the beginning of his administration.
1. His hiring of Warren Price as service director. Of Price, Healy said:
"I am thrilled to have Warren Price join my team as service director," "With his valuable experience in local government and his strong work ethic, I know he will be an incredible asset to my administration and the people of Canton." (The Rep, 1/29/2009)Rewind to November, 2007. Price applied for the service director job. Healy selects Price's predecessor - Tom Benernbei.
How could Healy have failed to hire an "incredible asset?"
2. Healy's hiring/firing of Tom Bernabei and service director and chief-of-staff.
Healy: "Tom Bernabei did a great job, ... a wonderful public servant."
Six months after giving his chief of staff a glowing review, Mayor William J. Healy II has fired Thomas Bernabei, a veteran of city government. The move drew harsh criticism from some council members. (quote and reference to Healy evaluation of Benabei - The Rep - 01/26/2009)Ever heard about "actions speak louder than words," Mayor Healy?
3. There is the matter of Mayor Healy hiring a Cleveland firm to do Canton's workers' compensation claim representation.
As The Rep framed the matter (01/16/2009):
During his mayoral campaign in 2007, Healy received campaign contributions totaling $4,600 from four associates of 888-OHIOCOMP and $500 each from the Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, who are both under investigation by federal agents, according to The Plain Dealer.Do you believe Healy?
During an interview in December, Healy said the campaign contributions did not influence his decision to select 888-OHIOCOMP. Citing his campaign theme of bringing positive change to Canton, Healy said he picked the firm because it offered an opt-out clause after six months and because it would consider opening a branch office in Canton.
4. And there is the hiring/firing of the finance director Frederick Green. The hiring was announced January 11, 2008. Four months later Green was fired.
Four months on the job and the guy gets fired?
Who interviewed this guy anyway?
Someone with Mayor Healy's business experience can miss the mark this widely?
When he hired Green, this is what Healy had to say:
Healy said the finance position is key [emphasis added], since the city's revenues are not projected to grow significantly, if at all, this year and next year. 'We need someone who can look at the way we're spending money and find ways to trim the fat, Healy said in the press release. From what we.ve seen and heard thus far, I think that.s exactly what Mr. Green will be able to do for the city of Canton. (The Rep - 01/11/2008)FOUR MONTHS LATER, YES - FOUR MONTHS LATER:
Frederick J. Green was fired by Healy in May. Healy made the announcement Monday [of a replacement hire] in a press release (07/29/2008) In explaining the decision to fire Green, Healy said in May that the administration decided "to go in another direction." With Green as finance director, Healy had said the administration "had a difficult time getting through the (city) budget (process)," (from The Repository/07/29/2009)Does the mayor's hiring skills belong in "Ripley's World of Believe it or Not?"
So with all the foregoing in mind, The Report awards Mayor William J. Healy, II it coveted "tongue-in-cheek" Most Believable Character ? award.