Handcuffing the Mayor may bring a smile to the faces of his many detractors, but apparently it's an idea that hasn't met with much enthusiasm by the Herald News or the paper's online commentors.
City Councilor Ray Mitchell, who was voted back into office after an absence of almost 2 decades announced he would be proposing an ordinance once back in office that would limit the powers of a "lame-duck" Mayor.
The ordinance would restrict a "lame-duck mayor" from making appointments beyond 90 days. For those appointments were longer durations were needed City Council approval would be needed.
I think it's a good idea, and honestly one that I'm surprised isn't already in play. The Herald believes we don't need such laws and instead need leaders who put the city first, I think it's normal for an outgoing administration to try to find jobs for those who have been loyal. Furthermore I don't really have a problem with that, as long as the people are qualified and favoritism doesn't deny the job to a better candidate.
However, too often favoritism seems to trump all else! How can Mayor Correia fill a position that was vacant for his entire administration? Suddenly with a budget crisis this is a necessary position? Obviously not. Ideally our leaders would always put the best interests of the city and the people ahead of political interests, but I don't think that has EVER been the reality.
It was once said about such patronage, "to the victor belong the spoils", apparently Bob Correia feels they belong to the loser too.
And that brings us back to Mitchell's proposed ordinance, it would protect us from such frivolous appointments and I think that makes a heck of a lot of sense!