Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Stalberg to the Committee of Seventy?

According to a column in The Inquirer, outgoing editor Zack Stalberg may be the next head of the Committee of Seventy:
The buzz in political circles has outgoing Philadelphia Daily News editor Zack Stalberg way up high on the list of those being considered to head the Committee of Seventy, the public-watchdog group.

Stalberg, who stunned colleagues last week by announcing his resignation, said that "weeks and weeks ago" he spoke to the group, at its request, as an adviser. He emphasized that he often has been called on to dispense advice to various civic groups.

Seventy, which pushes for good government and fair elections, is searching for a replacement for executive director Fred Voigt, who shortly will step down after 28 years. The salary in 2003 was $111,236, according to public records. Voigt will remain in an emeritus capacity.
The Committee of Seventy needs a shake-up of some kind to make themselves more relevant in today's Philly political scene, rather than just a group that we see come election time. Stalberg, someone who probabaly has little political ambition, would seem to be a good choice for the role. In fact, it was the Daily News that a few months ago said the exact same thing about the need for changes in the organization, so this makes sense.


At 8:54 AM, Blogger Friedman said...

I don't think Stalberg's a bad choice, but I'd really love to see a fresh face in this position. Somebody younger and hungrier for change.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger DanielUA said...

How old is Stalberg? I thought I read somewhere he is in his mid fifties, which I think makes him plenty young to do something valuable. Plus, he seems to be ready to jump into something new, obviously loves the City, etc...

I worry with getting someone young they got someone who really just wants to run for office, which I think is really important to avoid in this position, especially if you want that person to make some tough, unpopular stands.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Ben Waxman said...

I agree. Bret Mandell of Philadelphia Forward has been trying to get this job. While he is young and would pursue an agressive reform agenda, he also just wants to run for office. That's not the type of person we want in this position. Stalberg seems like a good choice to me.


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