It doesn’t take much for Naperville city officials to work themselves into a lather over anything resembling an uprising of loud, though small number of pronoun jockeys and gender wizards. In this case, it was something as simple as the mayor nominating people to fill vacancies to the library board and Special Events and Community Arts commission (SECA). These are non-paying volunteer positions.
As has always been the case, Mayor Steve Chirico “wants nominees who are going to make positive contributions to our city”. After reviewing numerous candidate profiles, followed by interviews of a select few, he chose former city council member Kevin Coyne for the library board and Shannon Adcock for SECA, both outstanding choices. For lack of a better description, a small mob of disgruntled naysayers proceeded to chastise each nominee during a recent council meeting. Their only knock on Coyne was his association with Adcock. Supposedly that alone made Coyne totally unqualified to serve on any board or commission anywhere at any time from now until hell freezes over or the Cubs win another World Series.
Chirico’s support of Adcock withered, not because of what his ears and eyes witnessed while speaking/meeting with Adcock, but because of what he read on social media. That being the case, no one will ever will be selected for anything, if social media is the final decision maker. If it’s on social media, it must be true and accurate, right? Result, Chirico wants city manager Doug Krieger to work with him on structuring a code of conduct drawn from best practices of other communities, in other words, more bureaucracy.