The search for a new NORD director has suddenly become a hot political topic in New Orleans.
And that’s the topic of this week’s commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
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NEW ORLEANS -- The city’s Recreation Commission is about to hire an executive director. A search committee will meet Wednesday to try to narrow the field of applicants from four to three.
Everyone agrees that picking the right person to lead NORD is critical. But that’s about all they agree on.
Recently, some folks have accused Mayor Mitch Landrieu of applying political pressure on behalf of one of the finalists — current, interim NORD Director Vic Richard.
For the record, Landrieu has made no public statements about any of the four finalists. He did, however, appoint a majority of the Recreation Commission.
Meanwhile, former City Councilman Arnie Fielkow endorsed one finalist — Reggie Williams — in an op-ed column in Saturday’s Times-Picayune.
Which raises the question: who’s really playing politics here?
I don’t know any of the finalists, but I do know that our city needs NORD to be great, and NORD therefore needs a great director.
If the search committee wants to take politics out of the process, maybe it should forward all four finalists to the full commission — and to the public.
And everybody else should stand down and let the commission do its job.
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