When a former Toledo mayor announced last year that he had a number of strapping young sons eager to make their way in the world, but, as most are, not quite prepared to do so successfully, their father stepped down from public service to “tend to business.” Now that former Mayor Rod Cross has things “under control” at home, he appears ready to once again enlarge his civic contribution to the community. He auditioned for a spot on the city’s budget advisory committee before the city council Wednesday night. Although his competitor for the post, Bill Dalbey, husband of former city councilor Frankie Trujillo Dalbey, made an eloquent presentation of his qualifications and approach to the position, Cross was the unanimous choice of the council.
Where Dalbey declared that public safety was the number one priority for a viable community, Cross chose “clean water.” And where Dalbey claimed that when push comes to shove on the budget, public input, and thoughtful deliberations should determine where additional cuts should be made, Cross declared that vital services are just that, vital, and that others should be put on the chopping block.
The council vote was 5-0. Cross.