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Opening Arguments


The city of Fort Wayne isn't the only government unit in the state that carelessly spends money on consultations of dubious value:

Some in Washington Township are questioning why the school district is spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on two public relations firms.


Washington Township Schools contracts with Nora Hiatt for about $6,000 a year and LeeWillis Communications, a PR firm run by former 6News anchors Clyde Lee and Diane Willis, for about $30,000 a year, 6News' Kara Kenney reported.

At least it appears the bulk of the money is going to a local PR firm, hint, hint. Many (most?) school districts in the state have a public information person, often a former reporter, who handles PR and a lot of other things. Assuming this district does as well, that's a big waste of money. Of course, I also have always resented cities having lawyers on the payroll and still paying big bucks to hire outside legal help.


Bob G.
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 3:59pm

Seems we've got a problem with one too many "Department of Redundancy Departments" when it comes to PR.


Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:00pm

To repeat myself, whenever I hear of some company hiring a consultant, motivational speaker, or whatever, I think of Chris Farley's character on Saturday Night Live.
"I may live in a van down by the river...."
They are as phony as TV psychics.