Friday, May 06, 2011

Masters Lands on his Feet

  • A top aide to former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis has been tapped to be Cook County’s new director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, an agency dogged by allegations it mismanaged millions in federal grant dollars.

    “The scandals and mismanagement have distracted the department and our staff from the important task at hand and it’s time to refocus the department’s mission,” County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in introducing Michael Masters at an afternoon press conference Thursday. “That’s the kind of change that we believe Michael will deliver.” He will be paid $160,000.

    A Harvard-trained lawyer and captain in the U.S. Marines, Masters, 32, was Mayor Daley’s deputy chief of staff before the mayor dispatched him to become Weis’ right-hand man. As the police superintendent’s chief of staff, he was respected by those who worked closely with him, but viewed with skepticism by some rank-and-file Chicago officers who loathed his boss.

So we have a guy with absolutely no police experience who was appointed to be Chief of Staff to the second largest department in the country and promptly helped drive that department into a wall is now appointed to run an arm of Cook County government that he has absolutely no experience in.

What was Masters Masters Masters degree in again? Oh yeah - he's a lawyer. And he was part of the hugely successful and charismatic Al Gore campaign. And now he's in charge of an agency currently under federal investigation for massive waste, fraud and that has produced nothing except a future federal inmate or two.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all legit. Make sure that you have that extra ammo, food, and gallons of water on hand.

5/06/2011 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Cops Colon said...

Preckwinkle scored a flop on hiring Masters. Masters was part of forever fucking up a fucked up police department. Masters is proof Ivy Leaugue educations are over-rated.

5/06/2011 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this so convenient? Masters comes into the CPD, and damn near leaves the whole dept. against a breakwall behind the Shedd Aquarium, if you will....barely clinging to life in frigid waters and fog.
Paid very well for this too, thanks to Shanx...about $160,000.00, by last estimates.
In comes Hillard, who right away dispatches this idiot
back to the confines of City Hall, where 3M never should have left. Rahm knows it would be disadvantageous to keep someone around in City govt. who is loathed by almost everyone Masters has ever been around, so what does he do? He leans on Preckwinkle to take this overblown disgrace over to the County. Preckwinkle should remember that most of the officers in CPD are active voters, and Masters' new job will be watched very closely. It's starting to look like Preckwinkle may be on her way to a single term only as Cook County Board Prez if this type of "hiring" continues.

5/06/2011 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bastards are trying to figure out how to keep Weis here in town too.

5/06/2011 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy FUCK!!! What a corrupt JOKE! This guy is a first class clown and now he got another political spot. How sad this county is. Wonder if his BFF KB will get hooked up now. What a sad place this town is

5/06/2011 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something Chuck Goudie or anyone in the media should be all over. In a time that Preckwinkle says we all need to make cuts it's obvious that masters was given a job as a political favor. Ask the questions, Do we really need to pay someone that much for that position? Is that position really necessary? Isn't that position already in place several times over? Will the county survive without that position? This is a huge waste and more political favors.

5/06/2011 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuiit said...

Geez, like a bad dream..... What about his little bun buddy, JFled?
Oh well..... Now click your feet together and repeat...Masters Masters Masres

5/06/2011 02:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe it! He was never the police, never a Marine, and has never managed an emergency. Why doesn't the media pick up on all the employees leaving or retirning because of Daley coming to work at the County?

5/06/2011 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The federal investigation is from 2003 - 2007 under John Stroger. That guy Dan Coughlin who was in charge at the time was fired by Preckwinkle and the feds are looking at him.

5/06/2011 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous noone90210 said...

In his new position, Masters will be quite masterful, until a 9/11 hits Cook County. :| Afterwards, watch Preckwinkle dump him, by saying "I didn't know he didn't know what he was doing!". :(

5/06/2011 04:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yee haw! County Masters masters masters CR Me now! LIFM

5/06/2011 04:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No skills in homeland security No combat exp no police exp but we $$$ for more wasted clout. he mike take Ray Ray and KB with you

5/06/2011 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Echoes of Looberman ringing in my head. Whatever happened to that incompetent boob?

5/06/2011 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason that agency is plagued by problems is because of substance abuse. HUGE substance abuse problems. Some terrorist comes along and offers a HS employee a bottle of scotch or a line of coke, we're in trouble.

From one who knows!

5/06/2011 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homeland Security in Illinois is another Water Reclamation District. Bust-outs, brother-in-laws, people with criminal histories (but friends in high places).

He'll fit right in.

5/06/2011 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mismanage (steal) Federal Funds and then put one of your top lackeys in charge of fixing it? Yep, that will work.

5/06/2011 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Hey, I'm Just Sayin, said...

It burns me that MORE of my tax money is going to go into this idiot's wallet. Maybe if he had some "special training" in terrorism or something, but how can they make such a potentially important appointment to someone who has ZERO credentials or experience in his background.

Speaking of which, haven't I read on here that his military experience claims can't possibly be true?

5/06/2011 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Can't Take This Anymore, said...

I guess they figure if we get to a point where the county director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is the last thing between living and dying for all the residents of Crook County, we're all dead already, so it won't matter who's in charge.

5/06/2011 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want to buy into Preckwinkle. I really want to believe that she can undo the mess that toddler got county into (I admit, I'm a libtard). and every time I start believing it, she goes and does something like this. seriously? Masters^3?

5/06/2011 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he will be idicted like Harris was when he went to work for Blago. Will he continue in our pension fund since he is still in "law enforcement".

5/06/2011 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am simply amazed... What qualifications does this man have to hold this position?? None.... Politics is alive and well in Crook County!! Way to go Pecker Winkle.

5/06/2011 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Chicago was number one on the list of terrorist targets? I'm so glad Daley kept putting road blocks in the efforts of POLICE officials because he thought it looked bad. This is a civilian frame of mind and Masters is a creature of this ilk.

McCarthy has a tough row to hoe working with this political animal. Masters is a product of the political machine, and so far has been a total failure. How they can try to pass him off as even remotely qualified for this spot is beyond me.

Anti terrorism is a spot that should be taken seriously, not politically.

5/06/2011 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masters lands on his feet, Crook County can't find its ass with two hands.

5/06/2011 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...'s like this new guy is actually a professional or something....I'm starting to get interested in this new regime. Don't back down from the politicians; do what's right for the Dept. and the city and we'll have your back!

5/06/2011 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now watch as RayRay gets himself 'detailed' as a 'liason'' to the County's Project Shield. I'm sure
that's at the top of Masters' agenda. Two of Daley's
best ball warmers deserve to be together.

5/06/2011 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preckwinckle thinks you can pick up shit from the clean end.
Screw them all.

5/06/2011 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The County EMA has long been a dumping ground for those about to retire. Good news is that CCEMA doesn't do anything, so MMM can't do any damage. Bad news is that the bastard still gets a fat paycheck.

5/06/2011 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the police superintendent’s chief of staff, he was respected by those who worked closely with him


Please, who exactly would that be. The only person who kissed Masters' ass was Ray Hamilton. And that got him a promotion to LT and the creation of a 2nd swat coordinator spot. Only in CPD. Kind of like having to commanders of one district, makes no sense.

5/06/2011 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say this, but better them than us. I feel for the people who have to work for this guy.

5/06/2011 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masters gets $160K a year to keep his mouth shut and be an obediant little boy. Nothing new here. Creatures from the city payroll go on the county payroll. Incompetent? Corrupt?...doesn't matter. Waiting to see where Jody shows up an a state, city, or county payroll.

5/06/2011 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take ray ray with u! And KB too.

5/06/2011 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is not the concept of an inept political flunky landing another big politically connected position that concerns law enforcement professionals. It is the notion that this inept political flunky, Michael Masters, is put in charge of Homeland Security for Cook County. During the tenure of his politically appointed position of Chief of Staff his sole independent thought was to change the color of our traditional blue and whit squad cars to a European style green and white. He abused his position and monitored department emails. He ordered the suppression of disciplinary proceedings to protect Wies from anything that may seem embarrassing. As the Wies era was coming to an end and the Department in turmoil, Without precedent, he reassigned nearly 600 members under his direct control. As an adivser to Wies, he was arguably, the single greatest failure ever placed in a position of influence and authority in Government history. Preckwinkle has made some surprisingly good moves until this one. It is inexcusable that the safety and security of over 4 million people rests in the hands of kid who abused his position with no leadership skills nor any public safety experience.

5/06/2011 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same ole song & dance.

5/06/2011 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something Chuck Goudie or anyone in the media should be all over. In a time that Preckwinkle says we all need to make cuts it's obvious that masters was given a job as a political favor.

--She cut 400 little people from her staff but sure is finding room for management spots. Forget about those 400 people that WERE out there for the sake of public safety. The public doesn't matter but political favors do!

5/06/2011 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Cook County scam and taxpyer waste. awful

5/06/2011 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about kissing ass look in the mirror.

5/06/2011 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Anyone else heard the rumor that Jfled wants the Chief job at IPRA? Say it ain't so.

5/07/2011 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the same entitlement they gave to that little pimp John Harris big job after big job with better, better, best pay then almost to jail now what is he doing got his electrician card probably getting the bid jobs for the city

5/07/2011 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous noone90210 said...

Preckwinkle also (re-)hired Incompetent Ex-Alderman Shirley Coleman too. :(

5/07/2011 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He needs a car and Three person security team also. Can you make that happen

5/07/2011 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should all be outraged by this hiring at tax payers expense. This Masters is a goof who help destroy morale within the Chicago Police Department during his tenure their. It was recognized that he was a liability. Why hire him for the Couny then? If this guy is so talented them he can make bigger money in the private sector.

5/07/2011 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masters should not work for anyone in any Gov. agency the clown knows nothing about law enforcement. give terry hillaid all the credit in the world he saw what a clown he was & got rid of him right bad terry wasn'
t asked to come back 3 years ago & avoid this whole weis & his whole phony know nothing balless crew. thanks terry for filling in

5/08/2011 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preckwinkle should remember that most of the officers in CPD are active voters, and Masters' new job will be watched very closely. It's starting to look like Preckwinkle may be on her way to a single term only as Cook County Board Prez if this type of "hiring" continues.

5/06/2011 12:44:00 AM

By FOP's own count, only 23% of FOP members are even REGISTERED to vote. Of that 23%, how many actually get out and vote when the time comes? Half or less?

We should be a voting block, but we aren't.

5/08/2011 04:14:00 PM  

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