Whatever happened to Personal Integrity and Ethics?

When you see stuff like this, you really wonder where we went wrong with our local elected officials;

Doug Morrison, who served on the school board for the last nine years, decided not to run for re-election earlier this year, and now he’s gearing up to take on an administrative role with the school district.

About three weeks after his last board meeting at the end of June, Superintendent Brian Maher offered him an administrative position in research and development.

Before making that offer, Maher checked with legal counsel to ensure he wasn’t violating district policies. He said he expected scrutiny for hiring a former board member, but he said Morrison was the best candidate for the job.

Hey Brian, does it really matter if he is ‘breaking policy’ or not? What about the appearance of putting on a gigantic golden parachute and jumping off the roof of the IPC roof? If Morrison, or for that matter, yourself had any ethics or integrity in this matter, you can see why there SHOULD BE SCRUTINY.

What makes this even more troubling is that there were 29 other applicants;

It would have been easy to pick another of the 29 applicants for the job to avoid scrutiny, Maher said, but he saw Morrison as the best candidate.

Are you telling me that there wasn’t even ONE candidate in that pool that couldn’t do the same job as Morrison? NOT A SINGLE ONE? C’MON!

“Doug’s interest in the position did not influence the creation of the position, the job description or the selection,” Maher said.

Keep telling yourself that Brian, if that’s what helps you sleep better at night. The rest of us are very restless about this selection.

*Cory points out that they are already listing Morrison as a school district employee BEFORE the school board has approved that employment.


#1 Emoluments Clause on 08.10.17 at 3:56 pm

Didn’t Cory point out in an earlier blog piece, that this position requires a Master’s too, which Morrison apparently does not have?

Maybe this website could help out:


#2 l3wis on 08.10.17 at 4:18 pm

Yup. But it doesn’t matter since he has such a stellar career at a bank that received one of the biggest taxpayer bailouts in the history of our country. So it only makes sense that the taxpayers bail out Mr. Morrison in his very lucrative $135K a year job in retirement.

I still remember how Morrison treated Stehly during her crusade to increase sub teacher pay. He was very, very, nasty to her which led to only allowing Stehly to speak with the school district’s attorney about the topic in which she was interrogated in a private meeting with her. Luckily Stehly had it recorded. I have listened to it, a couple of times. It really opens your eyes about the tenure of Mr. Morrison on the school board as their president. Let’s just say, I’m pretty sure ALL of the other 29 candidates are more qualified than Mr. Morrison.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 08.10.17 at 4:36 pm

No wonder they need “Sean Spicer Voting Centers” to stay in power….. You would think that the one governmental unit which is the most closely tied to intellectual intrigue would also value most closely democratic principles too, but apparently not….

You would also like to think, that in the 21st Century “Town and Gown” struggles would no longer need to be necessary, but I guess not….. And it was not the makings of the “Town” folks this time….

And as far as “bailouts” are concerned, well, that is what capitalism actually is. It is merely the inertia of energy from a prior bailout disguised as a new and greater successful example of production….

#4 Anonymous on 08.10.17 at 9:07 pm

The longer Dr. Maher is in the superintendent position, the less I like what I see and hear from him. I think his selection will prove to be very expensive for our city. Just my humble opinion.

Hard to believe that Dr. Maher thinks folks are buying that his prior position on the board had nothing to do with Morrison’s new position.

#5 The D@ily Spin on 08.11.17 at 9:34 am

The position was CREATED for a school board member without a required MASTERS DEGREE. When there’s one horse in a horse race guess who wins.

#6 Southern Exposure on 08.12.17 at 2:17 am

This stinks to high heaven…

#7 The D@ily Spin on 08.13.17 at 8:04 pm

No, it’s expected and obvious. What can we do? It’s an oppressive regime.