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Three public jobs no problem for local Wonder Woman, or are they?

Is Illinois House Rep. East St. Louis City Councilwoman School District 189 Director of Human Resources LaToya Greenwood stretched too thin? Ethically challenged? Likely.
Is Illinois House Rep. East St. Louis City Councilwoman School District 189 Director of Human Resources LaToya Greenwood stretched too thin? Ethically challenged? Likely. Photo illustration

You cannot serve two masters, but then that’s you. You are a mere mortal. You are not Illinois House Rep. East St. Louis Councilwoman School District 189 Director of Human Resources LaToya Greenwood.

She does it all. Three public jobs, three public salaries totaling $176,236. Talk about Wonder Woman.

Except that Wonder Woman is missing more than half of the work days on the school job this year. She missed six of seven City Council meetings.

She got permission and took pay deductions, but that’s not the point. She isn’t present. Her attention is divided.

She is doing three jobs, but there is no way she is doing them well.

Then there is the ethical problem.

How can you make tough choices in a harsh budget climate about state funding for your employer, the school district? How can you stand up for your city against plans to take the “city” share of state income tax when you are contemplating keeping that money for your “state” constituents? How can you decide tax increment finance questions for your city that will rob your school district employer of taxes for 23 years?

Then there are the “daddy issues” when your father used to be school board president and was your boss’s boss. No wonder District 189 Superintendent Arthur Culver approved his HR director being absent for half the year — an approval the rank and file could never get so they could moonlight at another job.

Wonder Woman needs to, at a minimum, pick two. Even better, pick one and do it well.

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