Friday, September 17, 2010

Clothmeisters Leaving? We'll See

According to yesterday's Rob O'Dell piece Clothmeister Greg Shelko, who guzzled over half a million dollars in salary and benefits to (no kidding) spend $250 million dollars on Rio Nuevo and build essentially nothing at all, is going to truly relinquish his very sweet gig.

Well, we'll see. Shelko was removed as director of Rio Nuevo when the state felt it had to crash the party. Not to worry, the Cloth take care of their own, and the city immediately rehired him at $100 an hour to continue doling out the TIF kitty to the Cloth aficionados.

Perhaps Greg will join Larry/Dan consulting and charge developers monthly fees for consideration in lucrative deals. After all, think about all that looming RTA construction. Behind every transportation project is a cash register sounding "Ka Ching!" for the don.

O'Dell also has a semi-related piece suggesting that forces are at work regarding another Clothmeister, TCC Director Rich Singer. Like Shelko, Singer makes an outrageous salary to do nothing at all (the ability to be paid vast sums to do nothing is the most distinguishing feature of Clothmeisters).

I never got the cloth memo and have always had to produce results to keep a paycheck. The students in that classroom think I should be good at helping them learn and get quite upset almost instantly if I am not effective at the front of the room. The exams they must take have to be designed and then graded fairly.

In the other job, those who use the information I produce get downright cranky if I am not timely, or worse, if I am wrong. I don't get to pull a Rush Limbaugh and claim a judge is a taxidermist with three bear heads mounted in his courtroom.

At first glance, a do nothing gig at a TREO or a DTP sounds sweet. Sit around, surf the web, read magazines, clap at a cloth lunch, dinner at Sally's, clap at a chamber breakfast, smile and nod at a planning session, feel important at a board meeting, talk about gay bohemians, visit a call center, play golf, snarf food at an SALC party, .....

I would go insane.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

9/17/2010 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Funny you should mention RTA.

O'Dell has an article in today's paper about RTA.

I think x4mr and O'Dell know each other, or at least did while he was still in Tucson.

9/18/2010 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Today brought news of the completion of a Cloth Trifecta: Jack Camper is leaving the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce after 32 years. Methuselah said that he will spend more time on his consulting business. He's been moon-lighting with that from his Chamber gig for a while.

9/20/2010 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shocked, SHOCKED, that Camper has a consulting business on the side. What is it with these people?

They suck fat salaries in their do nothing make believe jobs while they use their position to shnooker people with consulting fees.

Who is paying Camper consulting fees, and for what? Does he tell other chambers how to go from 3100 members to 1700 members? Does he provide coaching on implementing Cloth infrastructure?

Oh, I know. He teaches chambers how to have those "After Hour" events where a bunch of attorneys, realtors, and advertising clowns try to sell their wares.

9/21/2010 11:49 AM  

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