N.O. City Council votes to investigate Nagin's technology office
and in reference to the Camera contract, an anon offered this:
Chris Drake, Chris Drake, Chris Drake, Chris Drake
Why don't you look into the real mastermind behind the entire episode. You guys only have 1/2 the picture. There is much more to this.
BTW--the oridinal subcontractor actually installed 60 cameras (up & working prior to Katrina). That subcontractor quit the project immediately after Katrina due to questionable, if not high illegal, contracting practices that Drake, Meffert, et al were involved in. Wait did I mention that the Dell Corporation was involved in this mess as well and is just as complicit as Meffert, Drake, etc.
Lastly--the current CIO Jones is still alied with these guys. He was their plant to keep the corruption going.
Did I also mention that Meffert's buddy, the Police Chief of Baton Rouge, also handed Meffert & gang the camera contract as well? Of course that is mired in litigation and is being closely watched by the Baton Rouge FBI office.
Can't believe you guys haven't looked into the Wifi deal with Earthlink! If you think the Camera project is fubar then you haven't even researched the WIFI network foolishness.
Its ashame the FBI/Attorneys office hasn't been more involved in this.
Dambala, you have no idea how far off the facts you are now. I dont even like meffert but even I know he and camera guys split long ago, and meffert doesnt even probably know the baton rouge police chief.
you guys just keep bitterly jumping on old graves.
I remember when this stuff had at least some fun and fact in it. Just had to say it even though I know you dont have the balls to post this
I was going to send this email but became ill and had to have surgery. At any rate, in light of the events, I think some of the comments are still relevant so I am posting it anyway.
>>>> Written on March 10, 2008
As it was reported by myself and bloggers on Zombie, Anthony Jones has to be laughing all the way to the bank along with some other executives. What's makes Anthony Jones story so intriguing is the great lengths the Nagin Administration is going to keep someone who according to City Hall sources is completely incompetent and has done a miserable job as the City's technology leader.
When I was made aware of this site by a friend, I combed through all the archives and read everything relating to Technology and City Hall. Interesting enough some anons alluded to the possible connection between Meffert and Anthony Jones. Now the 160K question is who has an interest in Mr. Jones retaining a position he is not qualified for and has performed poorly at. He are some thoughts, questions and observations:
> It appeared from the Gordon Russell article that the City is holding the CTO position for Anthony Jones until completes his bachelor's degree. If this is the case, why?
I am familiar with at least one candidate for the job. He has over 25 years of experience. A master's degree. And was the CIO for a large state. Somehow in New Orleans the guy pursuing a bachelors degree from the University of Phoenix is the top candidate. Nothing against the University of Phoenix.
I wonder if the City or Nagin has considered the negative opinion and perception this creates in the rest of the nation and world. Technology should be the most non-political position in any administration. How can the City create a branding as a technology magnet when the City of New Orleans top job is being handed to a non-qualified, poorly performing incompetent. Don't mean to be so harsh on Mr. Jones but I have to call it like it is. My colleagues and their colleagues are flooding me with email and phone calls. Basically asking "are you ready to move back to Philly?"
> Is Anthony Jones keeping the seat warm for Greg Meffert?
Many people have rumored on this site and other venues about the eventual return of Greg Meffert to City Hall as a contractor. While I couldn't fathom why Mr. Meffert would consider returning to City Hall in any fashion let alone as a contractor, it's pretty common knowledge among City Hall staffers that Anthony Jones is not capable of making decisions independently. Many believe Greg Meffert is the man behind the curtain and will save Anthony, Nagin and the City.
> What is Nagin's interest in keeping Anthony Jones on the job and basically looking over well qualified candidates?
At some point, this question has to be in the back of everyone's mind. My understanding is Nagin still holds a great deal of admiration and respect for Greg Meffert. Could Greg be convincing Nagin to hold on the Anthony since Greg is controlling Anthony? Is there some bigger master plan where the City of New Orleans is used as a launching pad for a new technology venture that may include Nagin and Meffert teaming together in the Nagin post City Hall days? Since Anthony Jones reports to Brenda Hatfield, it would be good if Gordon could get a response or interview re: Anthony Jones' performance during the interim period. Probably won't happen since she is the closest confidant of Nagin.
> Did Mr. Jones lie about his academic credentials?
In an article with City Business, dated March 12, 2007 (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20070312/ai_n18714141), the author list Mr. Jones education credentials as "bachelor's degree in business management, University of Phoenix" It didn't list that the degree was in progress. Did Mr. Jones lie to the author in an effort to conceal his lack of credentials? Or did the City Business and it's author agree to list the credentials that way. My sources tell me Mr. Meffert is pretty cozy with City Business.
> Lastly, why does a CIO (interim or permanent) have a myspace account and refer to himself as "Chocolate from down South"
Some may think this is a low blow but this link was sent by a City Hall anon who confirmed the office background is indeed Mr. Jones office at City Hall. I have not seen Mr. Jones office so I wouldn't know. If it is, I am curious to know if Mr. Jones finds it appropriate to use pictures in his official capacity to solicit "personal relationships".
I find this relevant because although my space social networking sites are popular among all age groups, creating a handle such as the one Mr. Jones has and using pics of you in your official capacity indicates Mr. Jones mindset is still in undergraduate school.
all about to change
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the FBI to investigate. Any serious investigation of the Nagin administration would involve looking into Katrina reconstruction contracts and the federal government doesn't want to open that can of worms or turn over that applecart (or whatever cliche would be appropriate).
Meffert's wife Linda stayed with the B.R. Police Chief and his family immediately after the storm when they left the Hyatt. The Meffert's house on Treasure Island was unable to be occupied due to infrastructure issues. Meffert joined Linda and stayed a few days after the storm as well. This is how they landed the BR Camera project. How do I know this? Greg & Linda told me this personally.
they stayed with eddie compass not BR chief..and my sources said Anthony got fired by mayor...so there goes hes greg's puppet theory out the window.
Your guys theories about meffert arent even topping out at 50% guessing rate anymore...I tried to do business with him and he blew me off and dont like him, but I still think I got his pulse better than you guys at this point...
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