More inspectors considered -QCTimes
So now we're hiring more folks to replace the ones we shouldn't have gotten rid of. I really wonder how many people out there still think that dissolving the NEO was a good idea. Can't you tell that all of this is a money-saving move? We've caused city staff countless hours of figuring out how to implement this in the first place, and more hours trying to tweak it to actually work, and now we're just hiring a similar number of people back that were originally gotten rid of! Which department (shell) is the debris complaint department (ball) under this week? You have to watch closely!
I really hate getting into this topic. I considered making this post no-comments-allowed, but that goes against everything I want this blog to be. If there is one subject that will ever cause me to quit blogging, it will probably be the whole QCRPA/NEO/accuse everyone of being Dan, Walter, etc. So lets try and keep this on track, and also keep the NEO comments in this thread for the time being.
For the sake of argument, I'll say that that the old NEO had problems. I personally haven't dealt with them before or after the changes. If they were as screwed up prior to last year as Alderman Lynn wants us to believe, why didn't they try to fix the problem? If most businesses have some employees that aren't working out, they don't just shut down. They'd look into who's causing the problems, and find a solution, which could include some folks getting fired. That way you end up with some of the experienced folks still around, and also the department is still intact. It seems like a good idea to me to have all the inspection-based stuff together for good communication and efficiency. However, I'm no economist.
I guess it takes a professor to figure out how disbanding one department, hiring all new and untrained people to replace it, and spreading their jobs all over the city is good economics, or makes any damn sense at all.