Because it can be paid in tuna and catnip and who cares if it falsifies its academic records, it’s cute!
The city of New Orleans is investigating allegations that Anthony Jones, the interim director of the Office of Technology, falsified his academic credentials … “[The New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission] received some information that brings into question some of the academic credentials that (Jones) has asserted that he has, said NOMCC director Rafael Goyeneche. We have asked the city to review his application forms and resume to determine if he has the qualifications he alleged when he was given that promotion.
The city is being asked to review one of its own?! Jones will have a PhD from M.I.T. at the end of that investigation. So, how bad was the resume embellishment?
In a 2005 resume on file with the Department of Civil Service, Jones claimed to be six credits away from earning a bachelor of science degree in information systems from Tulane University. His enrollment in Tulane has been questioned and is being investigated.
In an updated 2007 resume, Jones does not list Tulane University under education. Instead, he writes he is scheduled to graduate with a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix by spring 2008. He has yet to earn that degree, according to the city.
Even as a holder of multiple degrees, I believe that a college degree neither makes a person nor overly qualifies him or her for a job, especially in IT where talent and experience count more than a piece of paper. Several of my friends have degreees in philosophy, economics, linguistics or simply high school and are heads of their IT departments, CIOs and beyond. They’re smart and capable and that’s what got and kept them in their jobs. Who wouldn’t rather have an honest high school grad overseeing their data servers over a dishonest crony? Moral of the story: Jones simply had to have been honest and competent to hold this job and his lack of degree wouldn“t have mattered.
In other news, Oklahoma City unveils public safety wi-fi.