The sordid reputation of new city manager Brian Platt has sparked fear in the urban core and among beleaguered workers at 12th & Oak.
Now . . .
FEAR OF MASSIVE LAYOFFS AMID A BUSTED BUDGET THREATENS CITY HALL!!!
The outcry is more than just gossip and comes with documentation.
In a dramatic presentation of a lawsuit, KC Call managing editor Eric Wesson shared first news of employee complaints against Mr. Platt on KCPT.
The legal complaints against the former Jersey City honcho are varied but mostly focus on allegations of poor oversight, age & racial discrimination and sketchy employee transfers. As city hall workers are reeling from recent furloughs, the threat of more cutbacks loom large.
Moreover, the question that has dominated the discourse among city hall workers . . .
HOW WILL THE NEW CITY MANAGER JUSTIFY FIRING LOW END WORKERS WHEN HIS SALARY & BENEFITS TOTAL MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION BUCKS?!?
Cost cutting is never easy but The Call article accurately notes that the new 29th floor honcho has very few community ties and that might make cuts easier but will also power more extreme push back.
Accordingly . . .
There's no doubt the economic impact of COVID-19 will fundamentally transform local government but the process for making changes at the top levels has been compromised. Now, as the voting public grows increasingly divided and angry, local leaders have very little credibility to responsibly cut costs in order to avert financial disaster.
Developing . . .