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 . . .