Assistant city manager in patronage flap resigns

Former assistant manager Karen Montgomery

Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber shows the story behind the surprise resignation of a Fort Worth City Hall assistant city manager who quietly helped orchestrate pay raises for a select few City Hall workers and managers at a time when nobody else was getting a raise.

Part I: A City Hall human resources director faces a lonely battle against patronage

Boss Tweed, or a satire of him here, served as leader of NY's patronage haven, Tammany Hall.

This is a story about patronage, which still exists in the 21st century despite attempts to bring sound management practices to government. Patronage is about jobs and money. Patronage is about flouting the rules. Patronage is about running over little people who raise a stink.

Part II: When 100 City Hall workers out of 4,500 get raises, that’s patronage at its finest

Boss Tweed, or a satire of him here, served as leader of NY's patronage haven, Tammany Hall.

Part II: In hard times, when everybody is supposed to sacrifice, somehow a lucky few get pay raises. When it happens at City Hall, it’s the people’s business. This story, first shared with readers of the Dave Lieber Watchdog column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, led to a morale crisis at City Hall. Patronage is alive and well in 21st century Texas, even in a city that prides itself on doing things “the Fort Worth way.”

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