June 18, 2017

Editorial: Leadership fails test over candidate’s Turtleboy tie

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Worcester City Hall

Everything was going fine at the staid Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) meeting June 8 until — 2 hours and 22 minutes in — it came time to vote on the lady who writes limericks.

Margaret Melican does much more than that, of course. As a longtime lawyer she brought serious credentials as a Zoning Board of Appeals aspirant. During her interview that night she was personable, professional and spoke of her love for her city.

It didn’t seem as if anything ominous was coming. As for the interviews that had come before her, the theme was willingness and ability to serve the city. The CAC, charged with recruiting and interviewing applicants for vacant positions on Worcester boards and commissions, almost always OKs candidates to move on for consideration by the city manager, which is the final decision-making step.

But nothing’s a lock — especially not if you’ve written limericks in the comment sections of a controversial local blog, and are subjected to interview questioning that crosses a line.

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