Work commitments being what they are nowadays, I am still digesting the packet accompanying the agenda (PDF) from last night’s Council meeting. It included the resumé of one Sara M. Cliffe (p. 127). Ms. Cliffe expressed interest in the 3rd Ward aldermanic seat, and I can see why; she has impressive credentials. However, the resumé was included not as any part of the 3rd Ward appointment process but because the mayor appointed her to the Liquor Commission (p. 5).
We know more about the liquor commissioners than we do about any of the appointed aldermen.
In the case of the 3rd Ward alderman, Pam Verbic, this is particularly troubling because I happen to know for a fact that, this time last year, she was working at Barb City Manor. The Barb City Manor property is owned by the City of DeKalb and lies in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 2. If she does still work there, there are conflict of interest implications so we ought to know. However, she has managed even in remarking that she works 6 days a week not to mention WHERE she’s working 6 days a week.
I’ve sent e-mail asking. All she has to do is respond with “yes” or “no” at any time.