BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The citizens of Baton Rouge owe a debt of gratitude this week to the journalists at The Advocate newspaper. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome owes that same debt.
The reporters at The Advocate uncovered lies in the resume of Troy Bell, the person that Mayor Broome hired to be the parish's chief administrative officer.
That's the person who leads the day-to-day operations of our city government. Caught in his own lies, Bell resigned on Friday and by Monday, Broome was acknowledging this was a whopper of a mistake and she took full responsibility for making it. Not to dwell on the negative, but I think there are at least two mistakes here.
The obvious one is not doing due diligence by checking out Bell's background. Less obvious is the fact that even if every word of Bell's resume were true, why would we hire the deputy administrator of a town of about 30,000 people to be the lead administrator of a parish with 450,000 people? That's quite a stretch.
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