2005/09/07

Fun and games in city government

"If you were to ask me if I had confidence in my current numbers, my answer to you would be no. I can't manage the city and not have confidence in my baseline financial data," he told council members.
So, Big Willie is confused. What else is new? And, he’s lost confidence. He’s right about not being able to manage the city though.

Effective today, Robert Lipscomb begins his new job as the city’s Chief Financial Officer in addition to his current posts as director of the Memphis Housing Authority.
Lipscomb, who had been paid about $187,000 by the city and the housing authority, will retain his duties as director of Memphis Housing Authority until a national search is conducted.
His new combined salary as chief financial officer and housing authority director is $188,673 -- $133,673 from the city and $55,000 from MHA.

Then there’s the rehiring of former finance director Roland McElrath.

McElrath, who will earn $115,706 annually, was approved 10-3 with Chumney, Scott McCormick and Janet Hooks voting against it. Hooks complained McElrath had not been open with the council during his previous stint.


And they rehired him?

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