The City has hired, at an undisclosed price, the former water czar to serve as a consultant to the Fire Chief, who the CM says is not adequately implementing staffing protocols.
Two points on this. One is the delay in this being reported is central to why old media is losing allegiance of the decreasing number of news consumers who even follow such things. It dribbled out through comments here and likely elsewhere.
The other point is it shows a trend in city, county and school governments where people "retire", draw pensions and then come back on payroll in some fashion. Sometimes there are restrictions on amounts earned, sometimes not.
Now, as for the core story, this move adds to the cost of the fight with the fire union and that it was not announced publicly suggests a knowledge it would be controversial. Also there is something amiss in a system where a department head needs a retired head of an unrelated department to help him out.
Again, a comparison to how it all plays out versus Oswego is not lost on those who learned of the Oswego situation through a link on Newzjunky to the Post Standard. Proof positive, news doesn't stop at the county line.