New Orleans City Hall has a phantom Department of Miscellaneous

Every year or two, a New Orleans City Council member comes up against the fact that the citys budget contains a Department of Miscellaneous, and his or her head begins to spin. For Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, that moment came Thursday. The council was considering an ordinance to set the salary range for the job of deputy chief information officer, and Palmer wanted to know both why it will be part of the Department of Miscellaneous and why it will be unclassified, meaning a mayoral appointment and not a civil service position.

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