Friday, January 26, 2018

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! FRIDAY FLASHBACK: FORMER KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DUDE RUSS JOHNSON RETURNS TO WORK @ CITY HALL!!!



It's Friday so let's have some fun . . .

First, a favorite and apropos quote from the most important living American author because this blog isn't just the news, it's Kansas City real talk. . . . Here's a truism about return trips:

"Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again."

And all of this is prelude to a simple fact of life . . .

FORMER COUNCIL DUDE HAS RETURNED TO CITY HALL AND NOW WORKS FOR THE CITY MANAGER!!!

For those who don't remember, Kansas City Councilman Russ Johnson was the 1st champion of the toy train streetcar and proved instrumental in funding the project by way of the sketchy TDD process.



And then . . .

Council Dude Russ was also among the 1st to champion a new KCI and strangely claimed that the Branson airport threatened to steal KCI traffic.

Obviously, he didn't want to take any questions on this topic . . .



More recently, the former Council dude stayed close to 12th & Oak and his career proclivities gave pause to City Hall watchers throughout Kansas City.



Here's a recent Russ Johnson career highlight and coverage from The Pitch back when they still did news:

Russ Johnson, chairman of KCMO's Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, seeking a job with companies that put business before that committee

And that brings us up to date . . .

NOW 12TH & OAK INSIDERS QUESTION THE CITY MANAGER HIRING FORMER COUNCIL DUDE RUSS JOHNSON WITHOUT EVEN MENTIONING IT TO COUNCIL AS A COURTESY!!!

The former Council dude has earned a serious gig. Take a look at former KCMO Councilman Russ Johnson's title FIRST on this blog thanks to AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS:



The hire has earned a surprising amount of push back along with questions about Troy's Schulte's judgement and the preternatural role of top ranking employees within the City Manager's Office given the questionable decisions they influence.

Nevertheless, the life lesson here is that the denizens of City Hall never stray very far and sometimes they come back.

You decide . . .

27 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Russ!

You have your haters who never knew how much they didn't miss you but there's no doubt that you're a smart guy.

Lionel R. said...

This post is NOTHING without the mention of his MENSA credentials. This is actually a great hire for Troy, he got certified GENIUS who was just doing volunteer work but now has a chance to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Nobody ever leaves City Hall in KC, it's like the hotel California but with jazz music. Which means it really IS hell.

Hyperblogal said...

That reminds me; how is that TIF report coming along?

Anonymous said...

Here's a truism about Tony's Kansas City:

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

- William Shenstone

Anonymous said...

sLIE brings him back to be his fall guy for all the crap that’s bankrupting us

Anonymous said...

2:10 shut up slie, and get of the city computer

Anonymous said...

Like a bad dose of the clap, Russ just won't go away.

Anonymous said...

MENSA? Seriously Lionel, have you ever gone to any of their meetings?

At the three I went to, those "geniuses" spent all their time comparing Sandford/Benet scores and trying to "one-up" each other with snarky lines stolen from every author from Wodehouse to Cuppy. Big time Ennui!

Do we really need that at City Hall? Seems to me we already have enough egos running rampant there.

Super Dave said...

Birds of a feather flock together

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Public Works higher up employees have been busy commenting from their work computers. Well, except the one who "works" from home, so I suppose she doesn't count.

Anonymous said...

3:26 is so right. I've been to a Mensa meeting, and I had the same experience. One woman who must have weighed 400 pounds even told how well she did on the test and added, "And I was sick that day!"

In other words, Mensa meetings are boring, and for many Mensa members passing that test is the only success the will ever know.

Anonymous said...

You can't trust any of these bald headed corporate fascists.

Anonymous said...

Road Rage Johnson Strikes again.

Only in Kansas City does this kind of thing happen.

Welcome to Hell

Anonymous said...

His best bet is to be sure to supply the general public with an unlimited supply of greasy pastries.

Anonymous said...

^^^ There ya go that's the secret! Sweets! Let then get obese.

Anonymous said...

People who suck cock admire Russ and speak about how smart he is

Anonymous said...

Smart City huh?

LMAO

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't hire him to clean my toilet.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +1

A bad hire for Troy. It could cost him his own job.

Anonymous said...

The Original HARDCHARGER is back!!

Bully Boy Mensan returns to the inner fold!!

Anonymous said...

Title sounds like they are looking for someone to shove some streetcars up our ass.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Clean ready to clean out city hall

Anonymous said...

It is time for the city manager to go.

Anonymous said...

And don't forget that this asshole's wife is the current chief of the TIF Commission, Heather Brown. Bet that helped swing this gig too....

northlander said...

If we had lay off's at City Hall where did they get the money for him ?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Good, damn question!