Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bring back the AA! Retire the COS

In days of not so long ago, there were people called "AA's" - otherwise known as Administrative Assistants. However, this was no secretary job - this job performed the same function as those we now refer to pompously as Chiefs of Staff.

AA's weren't only the title given to those people here in Sacramento, but Members of Congress (House & Senate) also used that designation for their top staff member.

I think we need to bring back the "AA" title and do away with the overused and underachieved title of "Chief of Staff". What does "Chief of Staff" really mean, and does it apply when you only have a staff of 4, or if you are 28 years old and this is your second job out of college? The title Administrative Assistant fits most in the building better.

At the risk of sounding like my Republican colleagues across the aisle, I think it is time to return to the values and traditions of years gone by. Bring back the AA title, and retire the COS!