It’s sad when government employees in high level positions leave their posts with a glaring lack of information. Yesterday’s announcement that the Kansas Director of Tourism is no longer on the job included no explanation. 27 years with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. 8 years with the Kansas Department of Commerce. This professional dedicated an entire career to public service.
It is certainly understandable that there is a complete lack of explanation, if this is a personal issue. Say that. To leave such a move to we “conspiracy theorists” imagination does no justice to a long time public servant. This person did collect, literally, hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax dollars as salary. She directed millions of dollars in tax dollars to projects around the State. The partnering of the City with her Department of Tourism drove the initiative for the STAR bonds that brought us the Discovery Center and the 3rd/4th Street Redevelopment. Do the taxpayers who have supported these initiatives… and will continue “supporting” via increases in sales and property tax for years… not deserve to know if this was more than a personal issue? Why is this not public record?
OTOH, this person accepted her present position during the term of former Governor Sebelius. Did she make a comment supporting the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the position being vacated was a political “hatchet job”? Was this simply an issue of Brownback cleaning house of anyone that might not be “Tea Party loyal”? Again, if this was the case, it should be public knowledge.
The City of Manahttan recently had a department director here one day and gone the next. The lame excuse that was issued by City Hall was just that. If an elected official, or someone running for public office, passes gas… it’s flashed from coast to coast in the media. With elected officials, internet rumors are taken as truth and go viral as fact. Yet, when high level government officials from local to State to federal suddenly leave positions financially supported by our tax dollars, we are left to those same rumors. Somethiing needs to change that will benefit the taxpayers with facts as to high level positions in government… and not leave 30+ year careers in public service tainted by gossip reminiscent of the neighborhood telephone party lines of days gone by.