. . . but Who you Know as the old saying goes . . . born out again this week in Daniel Labella's appointment to Police Chief by Mayor Roefaro.
The mysterious dropping out of would-be competitors really isn't mysterious in local politics. People involved know what decision has been made long before it is publicly announced, so there is no point in fighting the inevitable. The only challange is to make the decision "legal."
While civil servants understand how the process works -- that the highest score on a civil service test does NOT guarantee an appointment to a position -- what went on here would seem extraordinary and questionable to most civil servants:
There were two different Civil Service Tests with different eligibility requirements.
Usually eligibility requirements for a test are the eligibility requirements for the job. In Utica one has to be a Deputy Chief first before taking the City's test to become Chief, so how does one take a County exam without the eligibility requirement and qualify to become a City Police Chief?
It makes no sense.
The two tests were different, the County test being shorter that the city test . So how is comparing the scores from two very different tests valid?
That's more nonsense.
If one is sick for a Civil Service test, its usually tough luck ... you take it the next time it is given. No so here . . . a special session was created for this County test for Mr. LaBella.
That's just crazy.
For some people, this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. They are calling for the recall of Mayor Roefaro. More power to them! It's good to see the public, especially the unusually complacent Utica public, get motivated. . . .
But the public should make sure that they are not merely treating the symptom of a bigger sickness. . . . or playing into the hands of others.
Notice the County's involvement above. This particular appointment could not have occurred without County collusion.
There is much more wrong here than meets the eye . . . it goes beyond Utica's borders and involves BOTH political parties.
Keep your eye at the County level . . . The County preserves local fiefdom's powers.