The Hardest Job in the World

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 thoughts on “The Hardest Job in the World”

  1. Reasons?

    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. 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.

  3. 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.

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