Rules are for suckers

When it came time to hire an architect at city Hall, bureaucrats Robert Troy and Jan Adams made one unforgivable mistake. They were honest.

He appeared before the September 16 meeting of the Cultural Affairs Commission -- the meeting that kept getting moved and that Reese eventually ducked. He signed up to speak and was given three minutes. He stood at the podium a little shyly and told the members of the commission that he really didn't have any big message.

"I don't know what to say, except to make myself available to you if you have any questions for me," he said.

Staring back at him from a ring of folding tables were many prominent members of the city's arts and cultural community, including commission members Jill Kotvis, Betty Doke, Dan Weiser, Delores Barzune, Clayton Henry, and Judy A. Pollock.

Baely two months into his new job as a city architect, Robert Troy found himself hip-deep in the dirtiest deal he'd ever been asked to take part in.
Mark Graham
Baely two months into his new job as a city architect, Robert Troy found himself hip-deep in the dirtiest deal he'd ever been asked to take part in.
Pat Magill of Magill Architects Inc. is waiting to see what the city does with allegations of contract rigging in the Office of Cultural Affairs.
Mark Graham
Pat Magill of Magill Architects Inc. is waiting to see what the city does with allegations of contract rigging in the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Long silence. Nobody moved.

He said he would be glad to give his card to anyone who might want to contact him later.

Long silence. Nobody wanted his card.

He took his seat. But he must have sensed things weren't going well when he first stepped to the podium. All of the members of the commission were wearing big campaign buttons on their lapels with red hearts and the slogan "We Love Margie!"

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