Brian Taffora Lands on His Feet With a Little Help From His Friend!

Sean Ryan at The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that former County Development Director Brian Taffora has landed a new job! He’s a new vice-president with CSA Commercial Milwaukee…which just happens to be owned by…County Executive Chris Abele!

CSA Commercial Inc. president Steve Mech said CEO Chris Abele and he agreed they wanted to hire Brian Taffora once it became evident he would leave his job at Milwaukee County.

“It’s Chris’ satisfaction with Brian’s employment at the county,” Mech said. “Due to the circumstances at hand, he became available and that’s why we wanted him over here, just because of his talent.”

CSA Commercial has real estate investments mostly outside of the southeast Wisconsin region, and runs a real estate brokerage that operates from Kenosha to Sheboygan counties, Mech said. Taffora will scout for investment opportunities and secure new clients for the brokerage, he said.

Milwaukee County Board makes end-around to fire County Economic Development Director

This just sums up why the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is dysfunctional…

The public should clear its throat to politely remind Milwaukee County’s supervisors that everyone can see them finagling to fire Brian Taffora.

It’s the kind of petty political back stabbing that usually takes place behind closed doors or in dark corners of quiet bars. Politicians huddle together, plot ways to damage their enemies and then subtly slide in the knife without leaving fingerprints.

Such cunning, apparently, is beyond the 14 Milwaukee County supervisors who voted to change the title of Taffora’s position from “economic development director” to “director of county economic development.”

When those supervisors approved the job title change during a budget meeting Monday, not one of them justified the action by explaining how it would improve the operations of county government or make it more responsive to taxpayers.

They’re just angry because Taffora, after a year and a half on the job, still doesn’t reside in Milwaukee County. They’re angry because Kerry Mitchell, the county’s director of human resources, granted Taffora a waiver from the county’s residency requirement.

In voting to change the position title for the job currently held by Brian Taffora, the County Board is creating a “new” position that would force County Executive Chris Abele to nominate Taffora for the “new” position, leaving the County Board in the position to decide not to confirm Taffora’s nomination. Even if he were re-confirmed, Taffora would then lose a waiver of Milwaukee County’s residency requirement – a waiver he was granted by the county’s director of human resources in keeping with the county’s residency policies.

So much for the Marina Dimitrijevic era of the Milwaukee County Board being vastly different from the Lee Holloway era…