Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reason #159: I'm Fired

Nicely echoing one of the first entries in this blog (which tells you how rare something like this is), the city manager of Keller, Texas announced Wednesday that after careful consideration, he has judged himself to be unnecessary.

In a move right out of the Ron Swanson playbook, Dan O'Leary, who has held the position since 2007 and appears to be fairly popular, took a look at the latest city audit, the pending budgetary process, and his two existing assistant city managers (meaning that Keller, population 39 thousand and change, effectively has three managers), then decided that maybe his own $176 thousand salary would be a good place to start cutting.

Even better, the 57-year-old O'Leary is qualified to receive a government pension if he retires, but plans to look for a job elsewhere instead. In the meantime, he recommended either of his assistants as obvious replacements, but I wouldn't personally rule out Keller's city council going ahead and hiring another third manager anyway, just for shits and giggles.

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