After including Seth McKeel in my Friday night callout of local conservative politicos concerning their spiritual leader El Rushbo, I’m going to praise him today. You may know this already, but McKeel has begun to write over at Metro I4 News. He’s focusing on questions of regionalism. I’ve already asked him a couple of specific questions, which he praised but didn’t answer. Hopefully that will change. (My enormous ego is susceptible to flattery, but not that susceptible.) But McKeel’s willingness to publicly subject his thoughts to smart-alecks like me deserves kudos. Not enough politicians are willing to do it.
Which brings us to the looming departure of David Greene. You all know my take on him. Not necessarily worth rehashing. But I wanted to note something from one of Merissa Green’s stories.
Another change after the election was the growth in attendance at the twice-per-month commission meetings, which Greene said made him uncomfortable.
“I just had a feeling of discomfort at City Commission meetings,” Greene said. “(The audience) seemed to have an expectant attitude like they expected something to happen. I haven’t felt comfortable (since the September election) in my role as city manager even though I was reassured in my abilities in individual conversation with the commissioners.”
The top official of a government chosen by the public, from the public, for the benefit of the public, and whom the public pays more than $170,000 per year, can’t stand public meetings that some members of the public bother to attend. This is bewildering to me. Hell, I stutter and insult people on a regular basis, and I’m not afraid of the public. I don’t get it. Isn’t interaction with the public – your boss – pretty high on the job description bullet-point list for any government job, most especially city manager? Psychologically, Greene seems to be in the wrong line of work. If you really want to serve the public honorably, in a way that doesn’t require much interaction with humans, go work as a garbage collector. Important, valuable work. And you don’t really have to worry about conflict or the messiness of democracy.
And finally, there seems to much hue and cry from the politico/business establishment over there about how irreplaceable David Greene is. Let me just remind you of the great quote from Charles deGaulle: “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” The sun will come up the day after the Greene era ends.