Published in the Star-Ledger, Sunday, June 4, 2006
The Auditor - Sunday, June 04, 2006
State of the city
Newark Mayor-elect Cory Booker has given the directors of every department at City Hall their first transition assignment.
Booker asked each of them to answer two pages of very detailed questions about their departments -- everything from policy to personnel to ethics to budget and management. And he wants the answers next week.
What exactly does he want to know? The Auditor obtained a sampling of Booker's questions:
- What major management changes have been implemented in the department/division during the last two years?
- What is the status of each capital program?
- Does your department currently have an ethics code?
Mayor Sharpe James criticized the questionnaire, saying his department heads were confused and did not understand some of the questions.
Besides, James added, he's already one step ahead of Booker. He has instructed his department heads to gather information and documents to turn over before Booker takes office July 1.
"I asked better questions already," James said. "I'm the mayor of the city for 20 years. I'm already doing that. I don't need to read this letter. His letter you can't even understand."
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