Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Hogsett Turns To More Of The Usual Suspects For Top City Jobs
There's absolutely no reason to believe after nearly a month in office that Mayor Joe Hogsett has any intention of keeping his promise of putting an end to the downtown insiders who cheat the system and steal our tax dollars. Weeks into his administration, he finally got around to making a few key appointments that fail to impress.
For the important job as director of the Department of Public Works, he turned to a reliable battle ax that's bought and paid for by the contracting community. Lori Miser has had a revolving door relationship between city government and engineering firms for many years now. She did stints at Parsons Brinkerhoff and HNTB before she became administrator of the department of public works in the Peterson administration. She then went to work for a few years as executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization before coming back and serving another stint at the Department of Public Works as director in the Ballard administration. She then headed back to work at HNTB as an executive vice president and now she's headed back to the same department she left twice before. And did I mention her husband works for the Jim Brainard administration in Carmel?
Emily Mack is coming aboard to head up the Department of Metropolitan Development. She worked as a planner at IHPC and neighborhood liaison in the mayor's office during the Peterson administration before going to work for Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. She then came back to work as a deputy director at the Department of Code Enforcement in the Ballard administration while it was run by Rick Powers, who actually lived up in the Chicago suburbs with his wife--unless he didn't reside with his wife--during the time he spent working in that position. Powers now works for INDOT at its offices on Lake County where he presumably still lives with his wife in suburban Chicago. Mack left the department and went to work for CORE Planning Strategies as a Business Development Director. Jason Larrison, a former state architect, will become the director of the Department of Code Enforcement.
Another Bose McKinney lobbyist, Camille Blunt, will join Hogsett's administration to lead up lobbying efforts at the State House and the City-County Council for his administration. The former CFO for the City-County Council, who seemed in over her head in that job, is heading up the Office of Finance and Administration. We previously mentioned Hogsett's choice of an FSSA consultant in the Daniels and Pence administrations, Faddy Qaddoura, as his choice to serve as City Controller. As a consequence, nobody with any serious knowledge of city finances is minding the store. Finally, Linda Broadfoot, a marketing director for Well Done Marketing will head up the Department of Parks & Recreation. She formally worked at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful before going to work as the executive director of the IPS Education Foundation.