The latest staffing change in the Douglas administration includes plans to lop off of one commissioner position - a savings on the order of $100,000, though that commissioner slot had been empty for a few months.
Gov. Jim Douglas' Deputy Chief of Staff Betsy Bishop will become commissioner of the to-be-merged Departments of Economic Development and Housing and Community Affairs.
In addition to saving money, the move is supposed to improve coordination. That is the sort of things people say when they are cutting. Just like your cereal box tells you it's new improved cereal when it's really less cereal.
Bishop, as deputy chief of staff, was the chief liaison between the governor's office and the Legislature. I'm guessing - just guessing here - that job now goes to Dennise Casey.
As commissioner, Bishop replaces Mike Quinn, who said he wanted to return to the private sector and will start looking for a job there. She also sort of replaces Bill Noyes, who was filling in as interim commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs after the previous interim,
Molly Dugan, left to become a project manager for Cathedral Square Corp. in September, after the previous commissioner John Hall left in the spring.
- Terri Hallenbeck