Casualty of the Status Quo?
By webmink on Dec 27, 2005
I had a little flurry of e-mail over the break with news that Peter Quinn had resigned as CIO of the state of Massachusetts - not because of any internal disagreement, but because he's not a politician and isn't prepared to be treated like one. Pamela says:
... my sources tell me that it in no way indicates a change of policy there. And he was not forced out. Just that a decent man has no taste for the unpleasant tactics that one finds in politics nowadays and doesn't wish to be the focus of controversy. Can you blame him, after the sordid article in the Boston Globe?
I'm very sad to see such a smart and honest guy as Peter hounded from his job by the dirty tricks of the status quo. I only met him once, at the meeting in Armonk, but he impressed me as immensely fair and balanced in his business judgement. He just wanted the best for Massachusetts in the long run, and was brave and honest to follow that thought through to its logical conclusion, without protecting the incumbent vendors from the force of the logic. I think Massachusetts has lost a good public servant and that's to be regretted.
I also note that Andy is still awaiting a reply from the Boston Globe's ombudsman after Quinn was exonerated. I hope there's a decent answer. It's bad enough for public servants to have to work within the fiscal and transparency guidelines that have been applied to them. If they are also going to suffer a public hounding whenever they impartially investigate how to meet the real long-term needs of the government they serve then we can all expect the truly good men and women to work elsewhere. As Brian McMahon says:
It says a lot about what's happened to public life (and public service), if someone who is just competently doing his job can be hounded out of it, and it doesn't count as being forced out.