Taking over the City Hall reporting duties from Scott Wong, Lynh Bui is doing a fine job of cutting edge reporting. This desk has been dependable in getting to the core of issues and not slavishly pumping up the lame-duck liberal and extremely flawed Phoenix Mayor, Philly Gordon.
Here Bui reports on the rehiring of controversial aide, Sue Lindmeier.
Seeing Red AZ has previously written about Lindmeier, a “consultant” at MullanyWunder, the consulting and fundraising firm co-owned by Gordon’s girlfriend, Elissa Mullany and Lindmeier’s sister, Cate Wunder.
Lindmeier has acknowledged being paid privately by Gordon last year to manage the renovation of his Phoenix home. On occasion she would confirm appointments and meet with home-renovation contractors during city work hours, but said she puts in more than her required 20 hours a week in the Mayor’s Office.
Among her duties at City Hall are managing the mayor’s calendar, booking his endless travel arrangements, submitting his travel reimbursements and coordinating Phoenix’s bid to land a national political convention in 2012.
Marchelle Franklin, Mayor Philly’s co-chief of staff says bringing Lindmeier back on the payroll would be a cost saving, since a current employee is leaving to be deployed in Iraq, allowing them to pick up Lindmeier’s old contract: $4,000 a month for 80 hours of work.
Franklin said Lindmeier left to pursue other career opportunities but offered to return after learning about the departure of the other employee.
Despite the controversy in the past, Franklin said, it made sense to bring Lindmeier back. “It’s hard to get someone to come work in the mayor’s last term when they know they won’t have a job at the end of 13 months.”
They could always hire on as comedy writers for Jay Leno.