This morning on WBEN, Prof. Kevin Hardwick interviewed CE-elect Chris Collins. One of the promises Collins made on Hardwick’s show a few weeks ago was to hire a “Six Sigma Black Belt”, which sounds ab initio like a bunch of trendy, management-speak bullcrap.
Hardwick asked whether Collins would be able to retain a ninja from the private sector to come work for Erie County pay.
The short answer? Probably not. Collins said he might have to hire one on a “consultancy basis”. What that means is that he’ll retain some sort of Deputy CE, and will ask the control board for efficiency grant money to hire a Six Sigma trendbot.
Translation: if the county can’t afford a Six Sigma Black Belt, I’ll ask for state money to pay him whatever it might take to attract him/her. Ostensibly, this magical consultant might very well earn more public money than any other public official in the county.
Well, thank God he’s going to run county government like a business. A business?
As Bauerle notes this morning, Collins has conveniently broken a campaign promise 12 hours after being elected. That’s got to be some kind of record.