The Hard Candy was a lovely article and had some good points relative to the City having a Marketing position. I think the world of Gail and the work she does. I'd love to see her and alot of employees get more money. However, government entities , just like public businesses have a process to follow to ensure there is equity for all employees. The City can't just create a job for a person "just because". You need a job description, qualifications requirements, a salary review to determine the appropriate amount of money to be paid, etc. You also have to have the money to pay for it. Presuming City Management wanted to do this, Gail could end up meeting the criteria for the job and she may not. There may be a hidden gem working in the City thatis even more qualified that would be interested in the job. Gail may or may not even want the suggested job.
I think the community treads in dangerous territory when the media and an officer of the Chamber of Commerce, and residents all with good intentions on the issue, start a rally for one employee when as Gail herself says there are so many talented employees that make Gulfport work.
City Council members are not to interfere in Human Resource matters other than for Charter employees and we and the aforementioned shouldn't either.
Let's just be careful about putting the City employees and their management in positions that could potentially come with a different ending and possibly an unhappy one at that.