The breaking news yesterday was: Sam Mousa, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville is retiring. Sam, a highly qualified professional with deep roots in Jacksonville is being replaced by the only person in Jacksonville that our Mayor believes is qualified to do anything – Brian Hughes.
Brian Hughes is a newbie to Jacksonville and is now entrenched in the inner workings of Jacksonville politics. He was Mayor Curry’s political consultant and shortly after the Mayor’s win, he became his Chief of Staff.
And then – he was handed the role as the interim CEO for the Downtown Investment Authority. All while doing his job as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. You see that was necessary because there was no one else qualified in Jacksonville to be interim CEO.
Just wondering Mayor Curry: Are there no other qualified candidates in Jacksonville — with roots dug deep in her soil — that could handle the job better than Brian Hughes? Were others considered for the position? Can you see past those who you surround yourself with and possibly give others a chance at this job as well as the Downtown Investment Authority job?
Do I have a beef with Brian Hughes? Not really. I do believe his campaign consulting tactics were brilliant BUT dirty — very dirty — and I have no respect for dirty politics or dirty politicians. He likes to hammer opponents instead of focusing on their candidates’ expertise and vision. But that’s his game and he’s good at it. He’s so good at it he’s now the highest ranking official in the City of Jacksonville other than the Mayor.
We can only hope that Mr. Hughes will do a good job and will not use his political tactics to run an Administrative Office. You see, Mr. Hughes, the city is not a political machine. It’s our city and deserves to be run like a business.
Since Mayor Curry believes you are the best and brightest for the job – you have some big shoes to fill and we wish you well. And we suggest you put your political hat in the closet and get to work as a true city employee serving the people – not the Mayor.