Abele wanted to privatize a lot of services and cut out other services altogether. He sent his right hand man and director of the Department of Administration, Don Tyler, to make sure that these maleficent actions took place.
However, county workers and AFSCME members went to the budget hearings and pointed out that folly and maleficence of the Abele's budget and privatization schemes. The county board agreed. Some of the budgetary actions taken by the board included:
- Restored $300,000 to homeless shelters. (Keep in mind that this is only November and we have already had two nights with wind chills below zero. Abele's veto was so egregious that even his own personal supervisor, Deanna Alexander, voted against him on this.)
- Restored $300,000 for indigent burials.
- Restored $10 million to do repairs and maintenance to county parks.
- Restored free bus rides for the elderly and disabled.
- Restored several positions in the Sheriff's Office to increase public safety.
- Restored six clerical positions at the House of Correction instead of paying overtime to corrections officers to do that work instead of guarding inmates.
- Stopped the privatization of food services at the zoo.
- Stopped privatization of security guards and transferred them to the Sheriff's Department. (Remember how well that idea worked out for Scott Walker when he tried it.)
- Stopped the $2,000 pay cuts to county workers and restored a flexible spending account program, which will hopefully slow down the high rate of turnover the county is experiencing.
This week, the predicted temper tantrum did indeed occur and Tyler felt Boss Abele's wrath for failing to get his dirty work done. Abele threw Tyler under the bus for not being able to execute Abele's poorly thought out schemes.
Boss Abele also didn't waste any time replacing Tyler. He has already named Teig Whaley-Smith, Economic Development Director as Tyler's successor.
The decision to promote Whaley-Smith does make some sense. Who better than the Economic Development Director to help ram through secret sweetheart deals for county assets such as our parks and buildings?
Given Boss Abele's propensity for tantrums and rash decisions, I would strongly suggest that Whaley-Smith keep his resume updated. One never can tell how long one will last when the Emperor has one of his snit fits.