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Monday, June 29, 2009

A Mysterious County Appointment

Bob Benke has been appointed to the Ramsey County Charter Commission.

Just what is his motivation for this? Why would he want it?

Bob Benke is the past Mayor of New Brighton. He's a friend and adviser to the current Mayor. He was co-chair of the re-election committee for County Commissioner Jan Parker.

Benke has a MN-DOT background. He fancies himself a traffic "expert." His firm did an early study on light rail if I'm not mistaken. Basically, Benke has lived and breathed government -- and has profited from government -- his whole life.

But I think the key is Jan Parker. Just my opinion, but I think he's on the commission by request to watch out for her interests. Her outlandish salary, her regal benefits. (The commissioners raised their own salary 20% in 2003 and again by 25% in 2007.) Just so happens the Charter Commission is discussing salary limits on the commissioners. I wonder what position Benke will take on this. One guess allowed.

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