Daley Suspends Revenue Director Reyna-Hickey
DOR Director Takes Fall Over Leak To Sun-Times
He’s mad that someone in the city leaked a memo to the Sun-Times that shows a 25% decrease in the number of parking tickets Chicago Police are writing.
In essence, he’s mad that the public knows the truth.
Truth is one of those annoying things that anger dictators.
But the decreased ticket writing is a symptom. The real problem is the Mayor’s horrible handling of the city’s finances.
Because of the budget deficit, the city doesn’t have the funds to hire more desperately needed cops to patrol our streets. The cops that are on the payroll are too overwhelmed by real crime to waste their time writing tickets. Combine this fact with low police morale from a drawn out police contract negotiation and you see why ticketing is down over 200,000 tickets and about $10 million or more in revenue.
Get it? No money, no cops, no parking tickets.
But now, the embarrassed Mayor Daley has decided to throw someone under the bus for this truth leaking to the press, according to the Chicago Tribune website.
This time the victim of the Mayor’s hissy fit is Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey.
She’ll serve a one day suspension at some undetermined day in the future according to the Tribune.
Understand, Ms. Reyna-Hickey didn’t leak the e-mail to the Sun-Times. But the e-mail, originated from the DOR. And, despite being sent to over 50 other city employees, Ms. Reyna-Hickey is the designated sacrificial bureaucrat so the Mayor can save face.
How weak. How transparent, and desperate, and pathetic.
Ms. Reyna-Hickey should not be taking the fall for something completely out of her control.
It’s not right.
If the Mayor was a real leader, he’d address these legitimate issues with his constituents and apologize to Ms. Reyna-Hickey for being such a jerk.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Daley critical of ticket-writing e-mail.”