Dismiss Veronica White Now
- by: Eli Ackerman
- recipient: The Honorable C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of the City of New Orleans
This petition seeks to encourage Mayor Ray Nagin to relieve Sanitation Director Veronica White of her responsibilities.
Among the issues impeding progress at the Department of Sanitation:
-Above-market contracts with sanitation service providers
-Political scandals swirling around all three of the city's sanitation contractors
-Repeated failure to disclose relevant sanitation data to City Council
-Longstanding refusal to correct flawed demolition procedures in the face of lawsuits
-Pattern of secrecy and defensiveness
-Irreparably compromised public faith
See attached letter for full rationale.
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We the undersigned believe:
The recent acrimony between members of City Council and the Office of the Mayor over Veronica White's pattern of selectively disclosing relevant data highlights a longstanding problem with her administration of the Department of Sanitation. It is not just that she has been unwilling to disclose data critical to Council's audit of the sanitation contracts, it is also the widespread evidence that the very contracts for which she was responsible are unnecessarily costing the city millions of the dollars that should be reallocated to other critical recovery projects. Veronica White also oversees the city's disastrous demolition process and has shown a stunning unwillingness to repair its flaws. Not only has the city mistakenly demolished homes right out from under everyday New Orleanians, but it may now be liable for millions of dollars in damages. Veronica White's futile handling of these critical city functions is magnified by her defensiveness against all of those that would dare to call attention to some of her official dysfunction. It is not enough for Council and the Mayor's office to sign yet another truce if the fundamental problem at hand, Veronica White's job performance, is not addressed. The issues at the Department of Sanitation are too fundamental for someone with the diminished credibility of Ms. White to be capable of implementing the changes needed to restore the agency's public standing.
Thus, we advocate the immediate dismissal of Veronica White from her position as the city's Director of Sanitation.
Thanks for your consideration, we hope to move forward together with the recovery of this city.