So Pat Ford gets named URA Director, and Alecia Sirk gets tapped for Press Secretary. (P-G, Rich Lord)
The latter is a great move. Obsessive readers of the Burr Reporr will surely recall Sirk's chipper, blog-savvy approach toward defusing the URA / Streetface / Edelstein uproar.
In a follow-up comment, Sirk made a point of noting this:
mr. ford (my first husband, if anyone is keeping score) wanted me to note for y'all that he is not the mayor's chief advisor, but instead the mayor's advisor on economic development issues.
Pshaw, there's no call for modesty!
2002-2004: Zoning adminisator
February '06: appointed City Planning Director
November '06: appointed Director of Community & Econ. Development
Sometime around then: appointed to Southwestern PA Commission
June '07: moonlights for Law Deptartment, misleads Planning Commission
September '07: appointed URA Director
Considering our Mayor's very short tenure, the rapid ascension of Pat Ford should offer an excellent window into both Ravenstahl's policy preferences and personal administrative style. We also think it merits exploration of what the Ford Doctrine is all about.
This is about all we've been able to find:
"Together we will create an environment that is conducive to development," Ford said in a statement. "I will challenge city staff at all levels to be more accountable in assuming responsibility for their jobs and to improve customer service in their interactions with residents and businesses." (PBT, Tim Schooley)
Pretty boilerplate, so far.