Monday, January 28, 2013

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! WELCOMING KANSAS CITY'S FIRST "CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER" TO CITY HALL AMID A HIRING FREEZE!!! INSIDER RAGE GREETS ASHLEY "WORLD WAR Z" HAND!!!



This is a time for new hiring in Kansas City and one worker has evoked quite a bit of rage from City Hall insiders.

To wit . . .

AMID A HIRING FREEZE AND LOOMING BUDGET DEBATE, SOME RATHER HARSH FEELINGS ARE CONFRONTING A NEW HIRE IN MAYOR SLY'S OFFICE!!!

To be fair, let's first look at the pressers that tout the new hire as something that might benefit this town.

Mayor James announces the appointment of Ashley Z. Hand as the City's first Chief Innovation Officer

Money line . . .

"With this appointment, Kansas City joins a select handful of cities who have created a position dedicated to finding innovative ways to solve some complex city problems and improve citizen satisfaction."

Gov Tech:Kansas City, Mo., Hires City's First Chief Innovation Officer

However . . .

City Hall Insiders aren't as happy with the hire as Mayor Sly and government policy publications.

"What value does she bring to Kansas City?" One insider asks.

"What 'innovative' ideas will she have to fix ambulance response times? Stealing by City employees? The busted and broken down Human Resources Department?"

Insiders also wonder about Mrs. Hand leaving a steady gig for one that depends on politics and elections.

"Maybe her architectural training will be put to use in designing streetcar interiors?"

Whatever the case the "Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer" job has created controversy and started more criticism of Mayor Sly doubling his budget over his predecessor and side-stepping the City Hall hiring freeze that has been taking its toll on every other department.

TKC QUESTION . . .

IS ANYBODY GONNA ASK MAYOR SLY WHY HE HAS DOUBLED DOWN AND HIRED NEW PEOPLE DURING THIS OTHERWISE STARK PERIOD OF AUSTERITY FOR CITY HALL DURING UPCOMING BUDGET TALKS?!?!

Probably not but I just thought I'd throw that one out there . . .

And while Ashley Z.'s hubby Gunnar faces his own challenges with reefer charges it's clear that making friends outside of Mayor Sly's office could be where she starts "innovating" at City Hall.

DEVELOPING . . .

16 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Drama at the hall always during budget time.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that Ashley will hold a lot of meetings with Cathy Jolly across the street?

Anonymous said...

I love your "insider" tips. That's like getting information from a misinformed blog post.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't the Star post the info about the new hire? Maybe because they're in the Mayor's pocket.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully we will all get a good hand job out of this.

Say what? said...

"a position dedicated to finding innovative ways to solve some complex city problems and improve citizen satisfaction"

Isn't that what we pay the Mayor and City Manager for?

Anonymous said...

And why doesn't the media report the Gunnar Hand scandal? They are really in city hall's pockets aren't they...

Anonymous said...

It does seem odd that there has been a lack of media attention on Mr. Hand's conviction and current probation supervision.

Anonymous said...

the mayor can do what he wants after all he hired teresa husband at 100 grand and they dont live in the city so why cant he turn his nose up at the city charter

Anonymous said...

This all baloney. If the rest of city hall was funded most issues would go away. This is just away for Sly to control the school board. Since her husband is on the school board. He now owns his vote.

Anonymous said...

More PR and hot air from the Zookeeper.

Anonymous said...

Who gets laid off to pay for this?

Anonymous said...

Hey I have some innovative ideas. Lets start by firing 25 percent of our local bureaucrats and give the money back to the taxpayers. Anyone got a better one?

Anonymous said...

Sly hired the chick because she has a connection to some good weed. You dig now?

Anonymous said...

Hell he is probably doing her thats why she got the job. That and her ole man about to be fired.

Anonymous said...

A doobie in one Hand, leads to the other Hand having to get creative and innovate?