January 13, 2009

Loyalty

Boston College introduced Frank Spaziani, the Eagles' defensive coordinator, as the team's new head coach during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Spaziani had been named interim coach last week after Jeff Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing with the New York Jets.
Jagodzinski, who had three years left on his five-year contract, had been told by athletic director Gene DeFilippo that he would be fired if he went through with the interview.

"We wanted someone who would be respected by our alumni, fans, staff, the news media, and most importantly, our student-athletes. And we wanted to find someone who really wanted to be at Boston College, more than anywhere else. We found the perfect person for that job right here on our staff. That person is Frank Spaziani," DeFilippo said.

You may be asking yourself why this is the lead in today's post. Simple. If you have a job, and while you have that job, you seek other employment, you're fired. Boston College made that perfectly clear to Jagodzinski, and most employers follow the same policy.

Why is this relevant? Because our County Manager, Greg Lewis, did exactly what Jagodzinski did, except instead of being fired on the spot, he was rewarded with a new contract from the County Legislature. Lewis openly sought employment elsewhere.

One word used by the BC AD summed it up: Respect. Greg Lewis has never shown any respect. Not to the taxpayers, not to the legislators, not to the unions, not to county employees and not to the department heads. What Lewis has never understood is that he also is a department head. He continues to operate under his delusion that he is a county executive.

The county legislature cannot go back and change the mistake it made by keeping this guy on, but they can correct it going forward. Dump this clown. If not now, when his contract is up.

A couple of years ago, I asked a friend of mine who supports Lewis to name three things that he has done for the betterment of the county. Shockingly, I still have not received a response, which is an answer in itself.

2 comments:

Mr. Pink said...

Brilliant post. I never thought of it in those terms but you are right on the money. Greg Lewis has still not produced one progressive idea on consolidation, economic development, government reform....except for his ill-fated campus plan.

It's the time the Legislature do what Ralph Wilson failed to do...admit you made a mistake in hiring your the leader of your team and fire him.

Paladin said...

Hobbes, I couldn't have said it better myself...though like Pinky, I tend to think Dick Jauron is maybe a better analogy for Lewis.

Let's be honest: the man is an embarrassment. I don't think he's a bad person; I think he's an inept manager. And from conversations with several friends who work for different county departments, I get the impression that's a wide-spread view there, too.

If it weren't for Al Franken and Walter Mondale, this clown would be the worst thing that ever came out of Minnesota.