We continue to be amazed – and more than a little baffled. Here is the Alaska Public Media headline that has us scratching our heads: “Dunleavy administration pick for $94,000-a-year labor relations manager comes without labor relations experience.”
It almost seems, too often, that the job picks, the goofs and the lack of vetting by the administration in its hiring and appointments are intended to embarrass Dunleavy. They seem almost too egregious and too numerous to be oversights or missteps.
Jared Goecker was hired, the story by Nathaniel Herz says, because a state official sees him as a “go-getter” and a “good fit.”
But the state job description requires “thorough knowledge of practices and principles of labor contract administration, labor contract negotiations, grievance handling and arbitration processes” among the desired knowledge and skills, APM reports.
Goecker, who is 25 and has never worked as a contract administrator or negotiator, assumed the state’s labor relations manager post last month. The job includes “helping to supervise a group of negotiators who hammer out contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Alaska’s public sector unions’’ the report states.
His LinkedIn profile shows his experience includes two-and-a-half years working for real estate company Weidner Apartment Homes as a manager in training, assistant community director and community director, the story says.
“He’s also worked in Republican Party politics, helping with Dunleavy’s campaign and with Mike Pence’s 2016 gubernatorial bid in Indiana before Donald Trump picked Pence as his running mate.
“Most recently, Goecker worked as executive assistant to Tuckerman Babcock, Dunleavy’s chief of staff. Babcock chaired the Alaska Republican Party until Dunleavy was elected,” APM reports.
Being a “go-getter” an a “good fit” is a great thing, we suppose, but how does all that make Goecker qualified to oversee the state’s labor negotiating team? Does training and experience not count for anything? Where is all that “thorough knowledge of practices and principles of labor contract administration, labor contract negotiations, grievance handling and arbitration processes” stuff?
Again, we are left to wonder at the Dunleavy administration’s hires and vetting, some of which have done this governor no good.