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  • The Hardest Job in the World

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on October 21st, 2012 (All posts by )

    I saw this job post in the Chicago Tribune today. It is for an Inspector General for New Orleans.

    Position established to develop a program of investigation, audit and performance review to provide accountability and oversight for Jefferson Parish and related governmental entities.

    A few things leaped to mind.

    1) this is the hardest job in the world, in famously corrupt New Orleans

    2) why would you advertise in the 2nd most corrupt state, Illinois, to fill this vacancy? We obviously can’t police ourselves

    Cross posted at LITGM


    8 Responses to “The Hardest Job in the World”

    1. Subotai Bahadur Says:


      1) An outside expert is someone from 2 zip codes away.

      2) Recruiting from Chicago means that the new Inspector General will a) not do anything unseemingly prosecutorial, and b) he/she understands the game and will not do anything to interrupt the flow of money.

      Subotai Bahadur

    2. David McFadden Says:

      New Orleans is in (and coterminous with) Orleans Parish. Jefferson Parish is suburban.

    3. Michael Kennedy Says:

      The outside expert would remember what happened to the nosy Chicago judge a few years ago.

    4. Bill Brandt Says:

      Huey P. Long must be turning in his grave!

    5. Dan from Madison Says:

      S.B. nailed it especially with number 2.

    6. Jonathan Says:

      Not likely they are hiring from a newspaper ad. More likely they are hiring using recruiters/personal connections/political process but are required to show that they adequately publicized the job opening.

    7. Michael Kennedy Says:

      Jonathan, they are probably asking “Who sent ya?”

    8. TMLutas Says:

      From the wording in the ad I believe that this is a new position. It is very likely that this is a national search and local law requires them to advertise in major media markets across the nation. Louisiana has made significant changes in its ethics law under Gov Jindal. Perhaps this is a sign of changing times.

      Chicago just happens to be big enough that it generally must be included whenever there is a public position and a national search for candidates. Now if somebody dug and they were only advertising in Chicago, alarm bells would be ringing everywhere for reasons well laid out above.