H/T toÂ Jennifer MuirÂ over at Total Buzz for this story from last week that I some how missed. Apparently Supervisor John Moorlach has choosen his current Deputy Chief of Staff, Rick Francis, to replace his Court Jester and all around “mini-me” Mario Mainero.
Supervisor John Moorlachâ€™s chief of staff Mario Mainero will step down from his position at the end of the month, but heâ€™s not leaving the office for good just yet.
Mainero announced last month that he was leaving the job to focus on teaching law at Chapman University â€” at the urging of his wife and because of health issues.
But in a memo to county CEO Tom Mauk today, Moorlach announced that Mainero will continue to work in his office as a part-time policy advisor. Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Francis has been promoted to chief of staff.
Some of you may recall that back on March 9th I wrote about OC Supervisor Perks: Cushy Jobs for Friends and Family. In my article I pointed out that Moorlach had appointed the former Administrative Pastor of his church to his staff. Mr. Francis took exception to what I wrote and sent me the following email:
I donâ€™t believe we have ever met. I was curious why you concluded in your March 9th article that I was a â€œnut-job?â€ Yes, I was formerly a Pastorâ€¦Iâ€™m not sure that automatically qualifies me to be crazy. Prior to serving in that role, I was a Division Director for the Probation Department and worked there in a number of capacities for 13 years. Iâ€™m up to meeting with you any time so you can make a more informed assessment of my mental status! Iâ€™ll even buy the coffee!
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of John M.W. Moorlach
Orange County Board of Supervisors
I wonder ifÂ his offer to have coffee is still valid?
Well, I certainly wishÂ Rick good luck in his new position. I sure hope he grows a thicker skin thanÂ Professor Mainero had. If he thinks Iâ€™m tough,Â heâ€™s going to need the prayers of his entire church toÂ deal with Steven Greenhut over at the Register.
And then of course, thereâ€™s that guy with the bull horn, Nick Beardino, over at OCEAâ€¦