I was particularly interested in the reports that he attempted to privatize New Orleans' water utilities because I shuddered at the thought of it....so I started searching the interpipes to find out more. One thing lead to another, as web searches often do, and I began to learn the story of the debacle which occurred with the City of Atlanta and United Water (Henry's former company). The city was one of the first major municipalities to explore the world of water privatization and United Water landed the contract.
Things didn't work out so well:
City finds pros, cons for United Water
As Cities Move to Privatize Water, Atlanta Steps Back
Water for Profit
So as I was reading all this I was picturing Troy Henry, President of United Water, and wondering how he handled the crisis. But then I noticed something curious....in no online article could I find any listing which stated Troy Henry as the president of United Water. I found articles and a company profile which listed Henry as the President of the South region, but it became increasingly clear to me that Henry was never "THE President" of United Water.
He was listed on the executive team up to the summer of 2003 as President, Southern Region, but he was never listed as THE President and/or CEO.
So I started calling United Water to find out if I was missing something, I did finally get a response from a person in their media relations dept. who did in fact state that Henry was never "THE president of the company".
While I was shooting Henry's press conference yesterday, I took the opportunity to ask him about it.
Henry: "You are absolutely right, I was the President of the Southern Region."
Me: "But you said you were President of the Company,"
Henry: "I never said I was President of the Company..."
This is his flier which I picked up at the front of his campaign office:
And this is from his website:
My issue here is that he is clearly implying that he ran the entire company when he states "...led a team of 1500 people and a $600 million dollar company." Is it just me or does it get any clearer than that?
He then tries to clarify the issue by stating he was one of 3 presidents in the company and asked me if I wanted him to name the other two...I said yes. He replied, JC Goldman and Bob Iacullo.
Well, actually there were 5 people listed as Regional Presidents, they managed 5 respective regions:
He also conveniently failed to mention the real guy who was running the company, Chairman and CEO, Michael J Chessner:
The way I see it, he lied on his resume. This is hauntingly reminiscent of a 2002 mayoral candidate we all know, Ray Nagin, claiming he was a CPA. This is why I'm so concerned...this guy is coming out of the gate lying to us....what's he capable of if he gets elected?
Second issue....on WIST's Eric Asher's show, Asher asked Henry if he had received any contracts with the City of New Orleans. Henry told Asher no and here is his reply:
Well then how do you explain this contract in 2008?
$400/hr.? Damn, that's pushing Bernardo rates.
He and his consulting company clearly had a city contract in 2008. Why would he lie about that? Did he forget about a 280k contract? Damn, life must be good for him if that's the case.
I'm harping on this because I do not want to see another mayor in office who:
2. doesn't take responsibility for his actions.
We've had 8 years of that and it damn near destroyed us. It may yet....we still have to get to May.
I would invite and encourage Mr. Henry to reply to this post.
UPDATE: I was immediately contacted by someone from Henry's camp and they informed me that the city never actually paid Henry Consulting for this contract. I hope to get more information tomorrow.