I don't typically base my posts on other local blogs posts, but Tom had some interesting stuff to say yesterday about Laura Neuman and the start of her tenure as Anne Arundel County Executive. Interesting enough that I think the post needs to be read by as broad an audience as possible.
And I agree and agree, not so much with the sentiments. And can possibly offer insight as to what she's thinking.
I certainly agree that asking for across the board resignations is not leadership. It's throwing out the baby with the bathwater and as a commenter wrote on HCR, it will be interesting to see if she retains any of these officials who tendered her resignation. I would certainly advise her to retain quality people who were pummeled into submission by the Leopold Dynasty and feel free to scuttle the rest.
But I also say, that asking for these across the board resignations is what these "bold leaders" do. This is the way they puff up and say "it's not business as usual here anymore". And sadly, always, some good people who have good service to offer get tossed along with the tripe.
Now, to why this isn't a big problem to Laura Neuman. Though it's bloody sure a problem to all of those who are getting their AACo pink slips.
If Neuman intends to stand for election on her own next year, this is a low-risk, high reward move. Because leadership changes in almost any government, or any large organization, take 1-2 years to realize themselves throughout the organization. So Neuman can hire anything short of paramecia to assume high-level positions in AACo government; what they do won't show much impact to Joe and Jane AACo until for at least, the time for the 2014 primary. Meanwhile, Neuman gets a honeymoon period and plenty of opportunity for her to do the tour and bring a little shine back to her office.
Although senior leaders may have their heads rolling, a county budget will be completed, police and fire will still operate, trash will get collected and kids will get educated. In other words, all the essential functions will continue. Indeed, Neuman's decision to clean house at the senior level may be a covert vote of confidence to AACo public servants at the mid-levels. Will be interesting to see how many people who fill the senior slots are promotions from within. And if that's the case, possibly the Leopold Dynasty may achieve a slight amount of redemption.