This post came in from a new informant, Nois Mois.....he/she's done some really good work...check this out:
Are you aware of the City released and advertised the Chief Technology Officer position (http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?tabid=119) ? This is the position Greg Meffert (muppet) enshrined for his peeps until 2010. But you probably haven't seen it on the City's website since it was buried down at the bottom of the website. I had to scroll down so far to find it my index finger caught a charlie-horse! Kind of interesting that such an important post doesn't make it as top news on the City's website. An even bigger tragedy is the Capital Project Administrator position was buried with it. These are very important positions in an extremely fragile time in the City's redevelopment. This seems to be the norm in the Nagin administration. However, I don't think this was done by accident.
Scratch My Back...
As I understand it, Anthony Jones is the current Interim CTO. According to my source, he was endorsed by Greg Meffert for the position. Why? Well, it turns out ol' Muppet hired Mr. Jones in August '05. Here's where it gets interesting:
Mr. Jones was recommended by Chris Drake, a for Imagine Software and current Logistix (Muppett's co.) employee for the City's MIS Director position. The position was held for years by one individual but was split between two individuals reportedly because Mr. Jones did not meet the minimum qualifications - a bachelor's degree. The point I am making is...Mr. Jones is indebted to Greg Meffert and his crew. So let's fast forward to the CTO position posting....
Mr. Jones (as interim CTO) and Imagine Software control the City's website. Mr. Jones had to be aware of the post and somehow it ends up close to the bottom of the front page. In addition, if you were lucky enough to find it or to be directed to it as I was, the post had a September 14 deadline (essentially 1 week). The only way to communicate your letter of application was by snail mail. Which means any interested individual would only have 1 week to make a determination to apply and if so, prepare the documentation and mail. That's crazy. In addition, there was no phone #'s or emails where interested parties can contact someone for questions or clarity on the job. Oh, btw, the duties of the CTO are very vague and the standards are very low. When I questioned my source as to why he/she thought the administration would only accept snail mail only, he/she replied that " as long as things are being done digitally there's a big chance the process will end up tainted." Hmmm.. interesting. Could the CAO be suspicious of Mr. Jones and his contractors? or Is the CAO on with the fix to land Mr. Jones the job. It's not uncommon for Government agencies to post a position already knowing of or have selected the individual for he job. It's part of the Civil Service bureauracy that fosters this. However, this is a high profile position.
The Inconvenience of a Partner
The City is supposed to have a partnership with the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) on all technology initiatives in order to ensure the process is open, transparent and well publicized. Well, according to my source the LTC was not notified of the CTO posting by the City. The LTC was notified by a partner external to the City. Once notified, my understanding is the LTC requested that the deadline be extended so that they could get the word out and attract qualified candidates.
Why didn't the City notify the LTC of the post? Could it have been an oversight? Hmmm....
Man, it just seems that everything is on the fix at City Hall. If anyone has anymore info on this situation or can clarify or refute any of the content, please feel free to chime in. Interested in truth and weeding out cronyism only.
Also keep in mind that both the Crime Camera contract and the Interoperabiliy Contract are still floating in Nagin/Meffert Purgatory somewhere.
Great job, NM....thank you.