Sometimes it makes no sense, but that’s why it’s government. Naperville department heads are requesting hiring a total of eight new employees, however the Naperville city council is questioning whether or not this is necessary. The council appears to be in agreement with six of the eight new hires which includes:
- An assistant for the sustainability director
- A senior civil engineer and utility specialist
- A network engineer and a security engineer for the IT department focusing in security.
- A building inspector
The two positions in question are:
- A communications specialist, and
- A human resource person specializing in training
How to solve the dilemma? The go-to answer for city officials is to hire a consultant to the tune of $100,000 to come up with the magic answer. That begs the question, why not dispense with the 6-figure outlay of expense for a consultant, and simply use that money toward hiring/staffing the two positions in question?
Why is it that city officials always want to hire a consultant to do what they should be doing which is to take the information at-hand and make a sound decision? Is it because they lack the confidence to make the decision, or is it because it takes them off the hook for making a ‘bad’ decision? Hiring a consultant is the ‘bad’ decision.
Trust the department heads to request genuine needs, trust finance director Rachel Mayer to add her perspective, trust city manager Doug Krieger to oversee the process, then trust that eight city council members and the mayor can weigh the options and information and make a wise decision.
It’s not life and death, and they’re not splitting the atom. Do what they were elected to do, which is to make decisions, and move forward. It’s not that difficult.