How did former Keller,TX city manager Steve Polasek pull this off?! Seems like Keith Bell is the only person in Roswell who notices this type of travesty. Roswell now has a city manager, director of administrative services, and a public relations director ALL from Keller,Texas.
To add injury to insult, Phillips(admin director) and Beseda(P.R. Director) are either married or engaged(Note the couple holding hands and lovebird hearts in Keith’s cartoon). I assume the city counsel and mayor were the entities that approved the employment of Polasek. There are multiple qualified Roswell citizens for all three positions. I can understand how Polasek, perhaps a neutral outside influence on how our city is run, could have been initially chosen. HOWEVER, the powers that be should have never let this Keller infestation occur.
One can not blame the three individuals for collecting 156K, 100K, and 89K salaries respectively. Who wouldn’t? However, we can fault city leadership for letting it happen to begin with. I believe Keith would agree with this.
It is not like there is a paucity of local qualified applicants for these positions. The dean of liberal arts at ENMU(Her administrative assistant Sherry Durand would have made one helluva PR director and probably worked for much less than the 89K Beseda got from Roswell tax payers) applied for the public relations director position. She had experience in the private sector as well as academia. What gives?! Roswell leadership
BTW, history buffs will appreciate the carpetbagger reference in the cartoon. A carpetbagger was a Northerner who moved South after the Civil War during the Reconstruction era to benefit/profit from the lack of leadership that existed in the south during that period. PERFECT ANALOGY Mr. Bell!