Wednesday, May 08, 2013


The City's Director of Administrative Services Must have three attributes:  First, be really good at understanding and interpreting financial data; Second, have a basic understanding of personnel issues and labor law requirements and, Most Importantly, His or her word must be golden.  Everyone must be able to rely on a promise given by the DAS/Deputy Mayor.

It is already obvious that this administration's interpretation of integrity and good character is different from mine so I will just say the list below does not amount, in all respects to a character endorsement.  It also doesn't mean that anyone below is looking for a new job.

In no particular order, here are some choices to fill the Director of Administrative Services Position, all of whom have the capability to do a good job:

Travis Brown

John Heidbreder

Jon McCoy

Lisa Rapp

Jean Reddington

Sayeed Ali

Paula Connell

Bob Dixon

Bill Metzinger

Mel Dillman

Sue Voth

Randy McFarland

Joe Padavic

John Tournear

Mike McCabe

Jill Arnold Blickhan

David Kent

Dick Klusmeyer

Mike Troup

Jerry Carnivale

Bill Daniels

Dave Daniels

Randy Hughes

Mike Farha

Harry Cramer

John Latour

Bill Latour

Dr. Gary Carter

Don Crim

Jay Graff

Tom Carpenter

Ron Kelly

Tim Wies

Chris Larson

Ron Dreyer

Phil Featheringill

Donna Veile

Kim Niekamp

Mark Tyrpin

Eric Larson

Scott Ruff

Donna Niekamp

Bottom Line here is that there is no shortage of talent here in the immediate Quincy area.  If the Mayor wants a skilled manager, rather than a crony, there he has a target-rich environment.

And the above list is off the top of my head after a difficult day.  Bet every reader could add two or three hot prospects.

It's time for self-proclaimed long range planning leaders to lead.


At 5:20 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike McCabe!

At 8:30 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, what caused you to cough up this rant?

At 6:52 AM, May 09, 2013, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 0830,

First inclination was just to demonstrate the screaming abundance of talent here. I have done similar things with Physical Therapists and CPA's before.

But, once I got started, it was really fun and I threw in a few, just to piss of a few friends of mine...It worked.


At 6:53 AM, May 09, 2013, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1720,

I purposely maintain no way to identify Anons.......but this one is easy. See you soon.


At 6:57 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Andrew Mays said...

There may be no shortage of talent that's qualified, but for how many of those people would this be a pay-cut for a job that they might only have for 1 term?

At 7:37 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please wax eloquently about the smooth sailing Meehan era as DAS while you're at it.

At 9:54 AM, May 09, 2013, Blogger UMRBlog said...


I eliminated a few people from my random list on the basis of either an incompatible pension or huge pay cut (Brad Billings, Charlie Jones). On the other hand, the opportunity to work for the futuristic equivalent of Steve Jobs and Stephen Hawking has gotta be worth some concessions.

Of course, when the ordinance is rewritten to state "four years or until Kyle's pissed.." That cuts down your Spring Training Roster a bit.

Truly, TYFCB

At 10:23 AM, May 09, 2013, Blogger UMRBlog said...


I am very limited what I can say about the Meehan tenure because of several attorney/Client privilege issues.

Additionally, he is also a very good friend of mine and I see him virtually every day and most everybody who knows me, knows that. I couldn't be very objective.

Here is what I can say. Troubles arose when Rick became simultaneously DHR and DAS. It didn't help when he moved his office to a more remote location. He came from a "top down" organization and adapting to Council scrutiny was harder for him than I thought it would be.

This thread, though, was really about transition and personnel in transition. Rick was never part of incoming transition team and was not a major player in the outgoing transition, Scholz to Spring.

In terms of holding a fiduciary position, I would literally trust Rick with any material thing I own. His word in business matters is golden.

Also, keep in mind from whom he was getting his operational information about City Projects at that time. Always have to allow for "Garbage in, Garbage out."

TYFCB, I take your point seriously but am limited as to how I can address it.


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