Deanna Alexander
Press Release

County Board Holds Parks Director Confirmation Hostage

Despite the Parks, Energy, and Environment Committee giving John Dargle’s appointment as Parks Director a hearty and unanimous vote of support just ten days ago, the County Board is now holding his confirmation hostage.

By - Sep 27th, 2013 07:15 am

Milwaukee – Despite the Parks, Energy, and Environment Committee giving John Dargle’s appointment as Parks Director a hearty and unanimous vote of support just ten days ago, the County Board is now holding his confirmation hostage.

Right after the County Executive’s proposed 2014 budget was released publicly on Thursday, the board had a change of heart on Dargle’s confirmation.  Supervisors cited they wanted to “see how the budget goes,” prior to confirming John Dargle as Parks Director and called for a layover until the next full board meeting.

“This action just adds to the board’s track record in walking all over qualified public servants.  This happened with Kimberly Walker, then with Kathy Eilers, and now they’re putting John Dargle through the same nonsense,” said Supervisor Alexander.

“The decision to confirm or not confirm should not be about the budget, petty politics, or which direction the wind blows.  It is about the job itself, the candidate at hand and determining if the appointee is qualified, capable, and exemplary in his field.  John Dargle is the right person to manage Milwaukee County’s prized parks system and he has my full support as we anticipate a second round of confirmation antics at the next board meeting,” she concluded.

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