The Dane County Dance Of The Lemons Continues
In the public sector, they call it "The Dance of the Lemons".
And nobody does it better than Dane County
Here's an example of how it works. Take a lousy principal or a crummy teacher at a failing school. Instead of firing the bad employee, you transfer them to another school and hope (1) that nobody notices and (2) that the lemon can ride out their time to retirement without causing too many more problems.
Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs was the law enforcement officer most responsible for mismanaging the disturbances at the Capitol last year. Rather than enforcing laws, he developed a strategy of appeasement toward lawbreakers that exists to this day. The "see-no-evil, take no action" strategy made him popular with law-breakers and their allies in the media - but didn't do much to promote respect for the law.
Anyway, the 58-year-old Tubbs is taking his Neville Chamberlain approach to law enforcement and leaving the Capitol Police. That's a good thing.
His new job? He's going to become the director of Dane County's Department of Emergency Management - a job that pays 14% less than his previous job. It's certainly not a promotion - but at $95,000 a year, it's a pretty soft landing zone. We don't want lemons getting bruised now, do we?
Personally, I'm wondering what strategy Tubbs will employ the next time a tornado heads for Dane County? Will he try to negotiate with it? "Hey Mr. Tornado, how about I let you destroy some of the northeast portion of the county in exchange for not hitting downtown Madison?" How do you think that's going to work?
Hopefully, moving forward, Mr. Tubbs will be more decisive than Chief Tubbs was. I'm not worried though. If he fails, I sure there's another lemon waiting to dance into the $95,000 job.