Who is this guy?

Kudos to Doug Fraser and the Cape Cod Times for ferreting out the story behind the firing of MMA President Adm. Richard Gurnon. The Herald story is here.

The story, strategically placed on the back page of the news section, was a well chronicled expose of Kenneth Halloran, of Falmouth, Trustee extraordinaire of the Mass Maritime Academy, (508) 280-9080. 

Playing the game 

The former  State Trooper (worked for Cellucci), Clerk Magistrate (appointed by Swift), and lawyer, seems to be the driving force behind the firing of the school's President.  To say that is was political would be an understatement. Gurnon was fired because he wouldn't play the game.

A product of political patronage himself, Halloran understands the value of a public institution as  a breeding  ground for political favors. Lots of good jobs at good wages, very few qualification requirments, and  "look the other way" oversight.

Having gotten into a bit of jam himself over hiring and firing practices while running the Falmouth District Court, Halloran apparrently is angry that the Admiral wouldn't do what he himself was willing to do when he was a public (appointed, not elected) official.

These are the guys that run our public institutions. Very little if any public visibility of behind closed door dealings,  led the Times to ask, "Who is this guy?"  Good for them, good for us.

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