This amusing piece was in the Ben Column today.
Lou Magazzu is missing.
What he should know is that this has caused more controversy than anybody else’s disappearance since the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
You wouldn’t believe the people who have e-mailed us looking for the answer.
Let’s ponder this for a moment.
If we can’t find him, the county government, as we know it, falls apart.
He is the government.
Asking the rest of the freeholders to take over is asking a little much.
A Democrat would have to be appointed in his place.
Not likely, although his experience would be helpful.
Doug Rainear is not available.
What would happen to the CCIA board?
With Lou gone, would the makeup
Would Steve Wymbs come back as executive director?
What about the unions being asked to take a pay freeze?
Would layoffs be cancelled?
Lou has so much to do with county government that we can’t imagine that body without him.
We know Carl Johnson can.
We know Jane Christy can.
Lou is like Elvis.
He has been spotted everywhere.
Getting a divorce.
Some people can’t contain their glee.
“The bully is gone?!’’
Be careful what you ask for.
You see, the fallacy is that Lou has to be there to hold things together. That is the mark of a poor manager or administrator. A good manager appoints or hires qualified individuals, and then allows them to do their jobs with the least amount of interference. Under King Lou, nobody is allowed to have an opinion differing from his, and hence their hands are tied and they are not allowed to function properly in their role.
Isn’t THAT why Joe Pepitone is Assistant Freeholder Director? And therein lies the crunch. Joe is a hell of a nice guy. I like Joe a lot, and I don’t know of anyone that has ever uttered a bad word about Joe. But I don’t think he is comfortable making decisions in Lou’s absence. We do not live in a monarchy, and the fact that even Lou’s greatest supporters are admitting that Cumberland County is a one-man show gives greater urgency to correcting this problem.