Keep the bathroom door closed!
Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Dan Hollar announced this week that “Super Consultant” Gary Katz of Katz Up! Consulting of Tarrytown, New York has been hired to conduct an Assessment of the Town’s overall consulting needs.
Katz, who aided the Trump Administration in its recruitment of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, also oversaw the administration strategy in its attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The Sheet reached Katz by phone this week to ask why he would accept a job in Mammoth given his high-profile work in Washington over the past few months.
“Quite frankly,” laughed Katz, “I need a vacation, because it’s been no small adventure in Washington lately. So when I was trolling about the web looking for ski trip ideas, I saw your marketing tagline ‘No small adventure’ and I just thought, ‘Serendipity!”
“And then, when I learned that Dan Hollar was your Town Manager, I thought, ‘Serendoubly!” A town with Dan at the helm is a forward-thinking town that knows how to spend money. There’s nothing more appealing in my line of work than small-town charm wrapped like a hot dog inside a bun of big-time aspiration! And who doesn’t like a hot dog with Katz Up!?!”
The town is lucky to have Hollar, added Katz, and he should know, having worked for Hollar in the past. He also acknowledged that Hollar is the godfather of his soon-to-be-born fifth child, whom he will name Daniel or Danielle.
Hollar returned the compliment. “Gary is the pick of the litter, as far as I’m concerned. Having him on board … can I make a bad pun? Ok. I’ve got Katz Scratch Fever!”
Hollar said Katz’s first assignment will be to figure out how to “right-size” the consulting budget.
From Katz: “Look, we all know that full-time employees are very expensive when you factor in not only their salaries, but benefits, retirement, etc. Quite honestly, the more you spend on consultants like me, the more you save. I’ve run analytics which show that communities which hire me for this type of work generally save $273 for every dollar they spend on me.