Saturday, June 16, 2007

Local Reaction To The Latest Purge

From the Post-Gazette:

"One of the advantages of getting older is that you get a little perspective on life. I appreciate that the successes that I might have had were built on the efforts of people like Sophie Masloff and Dick Caliguiri. Luke was 15 [years old] 12 years ago. So maybe he needs to recognize there's a certain perspective he needs to get.
--- Former Mayor Tom Murphy

"I guess it's becoming a pattern. It's now three purges in less than a year. That's greater change than the Italian government."
--- Councilman Bill Peduto

"I definitely think I'm the most qualified."
--- Fired Director Phillipe Petite

From the Trib:

"Just chopping heads is not management. I don't know what that is."
---Republican Mayoral Candidate Mark DeSantis

"I think it's great."
--- Councilman Jim Motznik

The Blogs:

"Any attack made by the Rebels against this Administration would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they've obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the region. I suggest we use it!"

"When the ax swings and no agenda is reflected in the swinging -- it is a hatchet job. And, when the ax swings and the no agenda is reflected, it is just a power play."
---Mark Rauterkaus

"When he launched his first multi-player shakeup, I blogged that "the mayor hints he's not done, saying there could be 'perhaps a reshuffling of the entire fifth floor.' "
--- Bob Mayo

"I can understand -- even this late in Luke's so far indefinite transition process -- seeking to replace officials that are central to the policy-making and planning for the city's growth, but it is a bit troubling as a bystander to see names such as Emergency Medical Services Chief Robert McCaughan, Bureau of Building Inspection Chief Ron Graziano and City Parks Director Duane Ashley on the chopping block without scandal or glaring deficiencies in their performance."
--- Lie Lie Luke

"In organizations and companies I am familiar with, one reviews the job performance of an individual against the responsibilities and goals of that position to see how that individual adds up. You don't ask for resignation letters and then review their application for their job."


Mark Rauterkus said...

The move to make 10 department heads re-apply for their posts while keeping the post is insane. That is what it is, Mark DeSantis.

It is disruptive too.

I blog at about this at

EdHeath said...

The timing of this is so odd. And the blanket nature. Everybody that the Mayor didn't appoint, as if there is something special about being appointed by this Mayor. I think he wants to slip in some minorities and women, I think that's important to him, but this is so heavy handed. And if he gets bored with the work and doesn't bother to replace the other other people, what will happen? Is it true that after ninety days the City Council could step in and start making mass changes?