Steve Adams is serving as deputy mayor, which means when Peter Kelly is otherwise engaged, Adams takes the gavel or participates in ribbon cuttings. When I've seen him in action as stand-in mayor, he brings a welcome earnestness, but several councillors have complained that he's not the strong council-staff liaison they'd like.
That perhaps reflects his time demands. Adams still has his day job in pharmaceutical sales and he can't fully represent his constituency on a part-time basis. The infrastructure issues alone in Herring Cove and Spryfield are enormous, and the citizens of those areas need a full-time advocate.
Still, Adams is smart enough to know how budget and policy decisions affect his district and I've seen him bring home the bacon where other councillors have failed. And, I've budged Adams up a notch on the grading scale for his support of cab drivers against proposed deregulation. It's an unpopular position outside his district, but he's right and it serves his area well besides.
Grade: C- Steve's Cell: 497-8818
WHAT WE SAID IN 2007 (Grade: B-)
"Adams feels like the kind of guy who has been around council long enough to have very little patience for the more foolish aspects of political behavior---a no-nonsense kind of guy. He admitted a failure on the rotary/roundabout switch when it was obvious, at least owning up to how council took a wrong turn."
"Its not all roses, unlike Adams ever-present boutonniere. Adams has expressed frustration at other councillors tendency to grandstand and make long-winded speeches during council sessions, which would be fine---but there could be an ulterior motive. Adams has previously run into scheduling problems between his duties at council and his other full time job (Adams works as a pharmaceutical rep on the side). So, much as wed like to admire his stand against flowery, useless political speeches, it might just be that he wants to get back to his other job."
"Remarks: Despite career conflicts, Adams is a popular rep, and a frequent council speaker---and not in a long-winded way."
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