Dear fellow tax hikers, with streetcar funding still in doubt, Cincinnati City Council will be voting to hire John Deatrick to be the new Executive Director for the streetcar project at a salary of up to $188,000/year. Since this project will take at least 3 more years to complete, you can now add another $600,000 to the streetcar funding deficit.
Today a majority of Council Members have agreed to: 1) create this important and expensive position, and 2) eliminate their rule prohibiting its employees from double-dipping, which is necessary to clear the way for Mr. Deatrick's hiring.
Most importantly, Council is not mandating that the city hire someone for this position who is actually alive, which given the photographic evidence above, is a good thing.
If you tax hikers are asking, "wait, doesn't the city already have a Streetcar Manager?", the answer is yes. As reported by WCPO in November 2010:
Chris Eilerman on Thursday was named an Assistant to the City Manager. His sole responsibility will be managing the streetcar project.
According to both of today's articles that we've previously linked, Eilerman will remain on the job. We have spent the day investigating what exactly both of these highly-paid streetcar executives will be doing with their time. We have found the answer. Their new job descriptions will read as follows:
Chris Eilerman - spend 40 hours/week picking his ass.
John Deatrick - supervise Mr. Eilerman.
We believe this is a fantastic use of $300,000 per year of taxpayer funds. We believe having two highly-paid executives managing a stalled project with major funding gaps is the best way to get this moving forward. This streetcar is going to happen and we can't wait until we can blog our first post live from a functioning Cincinnati Streetcar. Welcome aboard Mr. Deatrick!