Wednesday, November 27, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TOP FIVE REASONS TROY SCHUTLE WILL FAIL AS JACKSON COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR!!!
There's a great deal of skepticism out there regarding the "miracle worker" capabilities of Kansas City's former city manager.
Behind the scenes, some members of council want to show Troy the door on his last day because of a feeding frenzy of City Hall raises and deals in the hours leading up to his departure.
But for now, as the big guy crosses the street . . . Here's a bit of insight on the challenges he confronts . . .
No Future In Doing Exec Frank White's Job
Jackson County Executive Frank White celebrated this new hire and seems to view the move as a chance for a fresh start.
However, most Courthouse denizens disagree . . . An important message sent our way:
"The minute he hired Troy, Frank White admitted he can't do his job . . . It's a desperate move."
The county doesn't need two executives and while this hire might help the Exec get more golf time . . . It certainly won't improve the perception of his qualifications as an elected official.
BLOATED SALARY BUT FEW JOB DUTIES
Another TOP ECHELON quote . . .
"Troy might be one of the few people in County Government who was hired AND THEN HAD TO DEVISE HIS OWN JOB DESCRIPTION."
Mr. Schulte's serviced were acquired to "assist the County Executive in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the County" . . . This vague tagline either renders the new hire essentially powerless or turns him into a glorified secretary.
Mr. Schulte will be paid more than any staffer in this history of the courthouse. This EPIC salary comes with very few documented responsibilities that could quickly be overruled by the Exec.
Conflict With Caleb Coming Soon . . .
Another take on the implications of Troy's new gig . . .
"Hiring Troy was a tacit admission that nobody wants to work with Caleb. He's probably not going to be happy with that . . . I'd like to see what the Executive does with these guys disagree."
Egos often clash in municipal government jobs and we'll see if there's a "clash of the titans" as questions still linger about Caleb's EXPENSIVE ride that still inspires criticism from courthouse workers and politicos.
Legislature Still Divided
The vote to confirm Mr. Schulte wasn't unanimous. Legislator Tony Miller was absent and at least three budget hawks expressed their concern. To be fair, Mr. Schulte will have a much friendlier audience than Exec White . . . But his ability to charm these politicos is contingent on his skill at reigning in the stubborn antics of his new boss. Of course we wish him luck.
Jackson County Eco-Devo Game Is Smaller
The County budget is dwarfed by KCMO and that limits the effectiveness of Mr. Schulte. The jail is a small project when compared to New KCI and the downtown convention hotel. Mr. Schulte hasn't demonstrated much expertise in operating under a limited budget. We'll wait and see if he can downsize his often ambitious plans.
Meanwhile . . .
Continued questions about corruption at the county linger in the background. Exec White still confronts criticism about the sketchy details of his home mortgage situation along with hard feeling from the Legislature in general.
Moreover, backlash from the JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX CRISIS will impact the courthouse in general as taxpayers still look to place blame for EPIC and disproportionate assessments.
For these reasons and a few more . . . The odds are against Mr. Schulte as he works to overcome very slim chances of success.
Developing . . .