If an official is fired because he’s opposed to timbering in state parks and almost nobody hears about it, should we care? With the exodus of a number of high-ranking officials from the Corbett administration (like rats from a sinking ship) why worry about a single firing?
Well, maybe because this particular state employee seemed to do his job extremely well in the face of industry pressure. John Norbeck increased park attendance as well as the accompanying revenue, and even his performance reviews were top notch. The one thing he didn’t do was knuckle under to the logging and mining interests in the state – some of whom are big Corbett contributors.
Michael Krancer, on the other hand, has been praised by those mining interests. Though it’s not clear whether these two men ever tangled, you wonder if firing a highly respected public servant who worked diligently to protect our environment, might be even a little dismaying to the head of the DEP…?
Krancer has served Corbett well, but he appears to be a smart guy – not the type to actually deny the reality of climate change. One wonders if he just got tired of defending such an anti-environmental administration as the leader of the state’s Department of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION?
Krancer may not be a great loss for Corbett, as he has attracted controversy, and the fewer guys like Norbeck you have, the less you have to worry about annoying things like scientific evidence…So it looks like the administration is lean and mean and in tip top shape for reelection!