Pretty deep. New 'Pike chief Alan LeBovidge is finding out what happens when you have an agency with no proper oversight:
Alan LeBovidge, hired as executive director in November, said the authority is like a country cowed by a mix of “dictatorship and an absolute monarchy,” where employees are afraid to do anything that will get them noticed and depend on consultants to avoid taking responsibility.
The Turnpike Authority, like other transportation agencies in the state, has been swimming against a multibillion-dollar tide of debt as its workers attempt to recover from management and financial stumbles, mostly associated with the Big Dig. LeBovidge delivered yesterday's remarks to Turnpike Authority board members as part of his 60-day assessment of the agency at the request of Bernard Cohen, state transportation secretary and chairman of the authority's board.
He's trying to cut payroll, in the form of consultants and collectors in favor of Fast Lane. Of course, the Teamsters don't like the idea of letting their collector jobs go.
One also has to wonder who'making those investments that somehow haven't panned out. Are the fund managers the most-qualified professionals they could find? Or are they friends, hacks, and players?
Anyway, good to see some sunlight and accountability in this agency … Reforming the Big Dig Culture will not be pretty.