At the end of yesterday's big flower-planting announcement, I asked Mayor Louras his thoughts on my question in yesterday's column, about whether the number of fomer elected officials now working for the city indicates one role is better than the other.
He pointed out that I missed one. City Clerk Henry Heck quit the Board of Aldermen to take up that post. That makes four, so now it's definitely a trend!
However, Louras rejected my premise.
"I think it is a recognition that individuals who get involved in public service want to serve in their highest and best capacity," he said.
For himself, Louras said he believed he was in his highest and best capacity as mayor. I asked him if that meant he would not be applying to be, say, RRA executive director once he was no longer in office.
Probably not, he said, but he did quip that he might not mind following in Jeff Wennberg's footsteps and running DPW if he can convince a later mayor to give him the job.