"What kind of idiot would want that freakin' thankless job?" one of our editors shrieked when talk of the Calexico Housing Authority's search for an executive director came up.
There seemed to be consensus in the newsroom. No one would want that job, despite a generous salary.
The reason? The turmoil in the Calexico Housing Authority makes the West Bank look almost placid.
Let's see: the authority's last permanent director was run out of office by residents and certain members of the authority's board of commissioners for a few reasons, topped probably by their not liking her personally; the board replaced her with an "everyone gets to wear the chief's hat" philosophy in which employees would rotate through as interim director on a monthly basis, a plan that was quickly scrapped; that setup was replaced by one to have one "permanent" interim, director which has resulted in a merry-go-round anyway of interim directors quickly leaving or being run out of the job; now the authority is being run on its interim basis by its chief mechanic.