No matter how bad or good the city clerk knows, Shawn Selleck won't be remembered as a good or bad city clerk because city workers don't think about the way they do people they vote for that, like mayors or council members.
By holding his final move as city clerk - the decision to resign Monday -, he saved energy, time, and taxpayer money, a way that they could give Providences legislative body a way to back to their work.
He did it, but it was result of that.
The city voted unanimously to charge Selleck for its mismanagement, accusing him of creating a toxic work environment and harassment his female employees. Upon a decision to clear the fate of the woman and their concerns, a report released that he called an ex-teacher and said that he feared to put up with him a risk of harassment. There has been no such scandal as that that many people who abused him by themselves, and released a report that pointed out that he became a micromanager who left
Selleck has disputed many of the findings in the independent report, and noted that staffers have clashed with the previous two previous clerks who preceded his arrival in 2019. He also began his publicity tour, in recent weeks, where he framed himself as a change-agent who wanted to get a more transparent government. My critics and Igliozzi were in the clerks office blooping to the test and hindered progress.
While there is no evidence that you can be an innovator, not a boss but rather, the complaints of the other clerks shouldn't be dismissed as entirely political.
In many cases, the report itself might have been enough to terminate Selleck but he still has the authority to take a formal approach , and its bizarre, and the city charter says he would serve four years that began in 2019 and was elected by the council under the influence of former council presidents Sabina Matos. This was where she left the job at the time when he was elected lieutenant governor by Governor Dan McKee.
Since he served a four-year term, the only option for to remove him was in place of a city charter called charges against administrative personnel that allows that the council to remove the department head after a public hearing as long as 10 members elect to vote for the removal.
Igliozzi put enough votes to force Selleck out of public hearing. The council was clear to anyone who follows the council that would lose his job because he didn't know how much they could spend to support the council.
Selleck opted to establish a settlement and he should resign, and its a beautiful deal: he will leave his job, but remain on the city payroll until the end of the year, so no longer has to explain to future employees why he was the first in the city's history to be removed from office by a council vote.
So whatever we think about Selleck, its impossible to ignore Igliozzi and his leadership teams pattern of trying to sue those they disagree with.
Weve seen it in way they treated public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare for years now, in their effort to block recreation director Michael Stephens from becoming a police officer. And in their efforts to protect the rights of the Mayor Jorge Elorza, they would use the public safety as a public safety director.
Igliozzi and other members of the council disagree with Elorza on the Stephens appointment and they long believed that Pare has a lot of power over the police and fire department, but these are perfectly legitimate gripes, but this team is more interested in fighting than resolving conflicts.
Whats still odd is that Igliozzi is missing the chance to make a real difference in the city over the next year.
Providence is flooded with money thanks to the American Rescue Plan dollars and he might be a council president who created the bridge for a more affordable housing option or helping the police and other agencies address the stubborn crime.
This is the first time in recent history. The Providence could commit to ending poverty. It could rehab every school in the city so students can have clean drinking water or safe classes.
The council still has to concentrate on solving problems instead of looking over petty scores.
Dan McGowan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter at @danmcgowan.