Lessons in comparative government:
The City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee is recruiting qualified candidates for City Manager, using a respected national search firm. That's the standard of care, recommended by former St. Augustine Beach Mayor Sherman Gary Snodgrass, a former HR executive and member of the Board of Directors of Exelon (merged company formed by Commonwealth Edison of Chicago and Philadelphia Electric),
No search firm in St. Augustine, Florida (4-1 vote, Commissioner Springfield dissenting), only three monochromatic white male applicants considered.
No search firm in Johns County, Florida (5-0 vote to hire and rehire unqualified HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD, without a search, without advertising, without an application, without a background check, without allowing any other applicants, not considering any women or minority candidates). Wonder why? CONRAD's developer sponsors and friends, like CHRISTIAN WHITEHURST, then a public comment speaker, now Commission Chair, who said he feared a national search would result in hiring someone who didn't know the difference between Hastings and Ponte Vedra.
Other-directed watch battery installer CHRISTIAN WHITEHURST, who never matriculated and who lacks a lick of sense at times, got his way.
Without disclosing his federal status, HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD was hired, obviating the need for him to explain his status as an unindicted coconspirator, "Clerk E," in the criminal indictment in United States of America v. PENN CREDIT CORP. and DONALD DONAGHER, JR., inter alia alleging CONRAD took $8000 from a Clerk's office debt collection contractor "intended as a bribe." Oink.
From The Oak Ridger: