Updated 1/7/2013 8:00pm: Timely proposal: Cut the pay of Milwaukee County Supervisors. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/draft-state-bill-targets-milwaukee-county-board-size-supervisor-pay-4r89khm-185942561.html
Updated 1/7/2013 5:05pm: I realize of course that I'll probably lose even more friends or have the staff of existing County Board members continue to say negative things about me behind my back for writing this, but silence is the reason this stuff goes on. Other elected officials should be pointing this out instead of continuing the "status quo" of protecting their colleagues.
If you were making a yearly salary of over $100,000 in taxpayer dollars, do you think you'd have time to do something as simple as update the "What's new" section of your website? Maybe write a newsletter for constituents?
How about if you had nine months?
Or if the State Assembly – one of the two jobs you made your salary from – hadn't been in session since March 2012?
Meet my County Supervisor (and former opponent) David Cullen! Despite making over $100,000 from keeping his position in the Wisconsin State Assembly in addition to his salary as a Milwaukee County Supervisor, he can't seem to find the time to get a simple website updated.
Some will say, "sour grapes" and that's a simple way to dismiss what I'm bringing up here.
The fact is that after decades of having "no show" Milwaukee County Supervisors, we keep getting them. Now I know a number of County Supervisors don't fit into this category and work their tails off. Unfortunately, elected officials like this paint the whole group with a bad brush.
"Double dipping" a salary is one thing, but then not having the willingness to do the simplest of duties like updating a "What's New" page on your website is quite another. It's bad government, it's bad governance and it needs to be pointed out and held as the example that every other elected official should avoid.
I don't know what Supervisor Cullen does with his time. But I sure as heck question the amount of money he's being paid as my elected official considering the results he's produced.
There's going to be a lot of talk about the worth of certain elected officials in the coming weeks and if we as taxpayers should continue to fund those like Sup. Cullen who may enjoy the benefits of holding public office, but sure don't seem to relish the responsibilities that come with it.
We should all be holding the people we put in office to a higher standard. That starts with accountability, and accountability starts with showing your worth.
You can try contacting Supervisor Cullen yourself. (414) 278-4263 ? firstname.lastname@example.org However, if my experience and the experiences of other constituents I've heard from is any indicator, you won't be getting a response either.
He's too busy, I guess.