Talk about the odd couple…
The photo of buttoned down new Overland Park city manager Bill Ebel in the Johnson County Sun gives the impression the city maybe hired a Brooks Brothers model. His wife Theresa‘s Facebook pic on the other hand looks more like she’s running an ashram.
The point being sometimes opposites attract.
Ebel was hired after an expensive “nationwide search” to find a replacement for departing OP city manager John Nachbar. Nachbar’s off to Culver City,California near Hollywood where there should be plenty of ashrams. And after all that fuss and muss, the search committee discovered Ebel a mere 63 feet down the hall running the planning department.
Imagine that – closer than a Chilean miner – and he even speaks English!
Maybe we should assign the searchers to find Big Foot. He might be in that lake near 95th & Metcalf. Wonder what they’d charge for that. Couldn’t be much, a couple scuba tank rentals, some fins and a set of night vision goggles.
Ebel went to West Point and boasts on his resume that his wife, Theresa Knipper Ebel, is from Shawnee. His predecessor, Nachbar was born and raised in Shawnee, too. Must be an incubator for leadership with expatriates like trash magnate Ron Deffenbaugh and putzy pol Phill Kline. Hey, it’s 100 years older than Overland Park.
Theresa’s Facebook pics paint a portrait of an aging hippie.
In her profile photo – shot from behind – she’s in full-on yoga mode. In another, she’s wearing a faux leopard coat, funky hat, glasses and striking a paparazzi pose. Kinda like a bedazzled Dame Edna. Maybe she’s Barbra Streisand as Katie from “The Way We Were” to her husband’s Robert Redford as Hubbell.
My favorite photo is an audition-like pic of her cradling a bottle of Mad Housewife Wine. She may not the official spokesmodel for Mad Housewife Cellars Winery, but Overland Park sure could use a little personality.
I predict she’ll be cutting the ribbon later this year at the Grand Opening of Trader Joe’s on 135th St. She can stock up on TJ’s famous “Two Buck Chuck” wine (which actually sells for $3). By then it’ll be cheaper than a gallon of gas, so it’s all good.
Speaking of which, the Ebel’s can now afford A LOT of Two Buck Chuck or Mad Housewife chablis.
That’s because taxpayers will be paying Bill $175,000 a year plus bennies. Overland Park’s hardball negotiators also awarded him $12,500 in moving expenses.
To move from Lenexa.