It was reported in the News Journal as well as commented on in this blog that both Pam Scott & Secretary Wicks had quit/resigned. I was out of town, and heard the news. I first thought, “Great. The people were heard and leaders stepped up to the plate and led.” I was preparing to issue a congratulations to the adults in the room. However, when I got home and read the stories, I put the “congratulations” away.
According to the News Journal, “the county’s ethics commission said, despite assurances from Clark of a “firewall” between his office and the work of his wife’s firm, there was no way to prevent conflicts or the appearances of improprieties without Clark or Scott resigning.” So, Ms. Scott was forced out by the ethics commission. I can understand her reticence to leave her position. She is a very capable and competent attorney. Her husband could have stepped down. However, he is a very ambitious politician who has run for numerous offices along the way. Now that he has finally hit the “big time”, it would be hard to give that all up. Too bad that they did not reach this decision on their own. It says something that is not positive.
As for Secretary Wicks, I figured that she and the Governor just wanted to let a few weeks pass from the last crisis so that she could pretend that she was just stepping down to have more time with her family. But then the newspaper article today detailing another ham-fisted land deal conducted with my tax dollars. It is clear that she stepped down in front of this next breaking crisis. So, she was also forced to exit against her wishes and without real leadership being demonstrated.
Perhaps I shouldn’t worry about the way that the changes happen and should just be happy that they have happened. However, as someone who studied decision sciences, I believe that the way a decision is made is almost as important as the decision that is made. A bad process leads to bad decisions more often than a good process leads to bad decisions. Delaware for the last few years has had more of its share of bad decisions, and it looks like the process hasn’t changed.