Delmonize Smith, Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development in the City of Rochester, announced his resignation today.
The excuse offered by City Hall is that Smith is accepting a job in academia in the south ( probably Alabama, from where he hails ) to be closer to his family.
Maybe it was our deadly cold winter this year that influenced him.
The Warren administration recruited Smith from RIT. He was already living up here, working in academia, far away from Alabama.
Handsome and charming, Smith was considered to be one of the stars in the Warren administration.
It is hard to understand why.
Smith had his position with the city for only one year.
He has not accomplished anything except to charm angry audiences.
That was not enough, although most people bought it, and he offered nothing more than rhetoric.
The job was too big for Smith, who was unable to translate academic theories into practical reality.
It is like the old saying, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach."
Smith will be going back to teaching because he couldn't do the job for the city.
Smith wasted a year of the city's time and earned a six figure income for it.
It will look good on his resume.