John Arriola has resigned. And yes, he charged a non-negotiable, required "gratuity" which seemed like it might actually be an illegal "fee" to perform weddings, and made a lot of cash from it. And yes, trying to discern whether it was an illegal "fee" or a legal "gratuity" would have been tied up in court for ages. And sure, he kept other money his department collected just a little longer than Rich Riebeling liked.
He had his faults. It's probably for the best that he's not our county clerk any more.
But man, every time I had any interaction with the county clerk's office, it was an improvement over the time before. You rarely say, "Oh, god, that giant bureaucracy is really easy to deal with, getting better all the time, and I get what I need from them with no problem." But you did about Arriola's office.
Hell, I remember when I first moved here and just getting new tags for your car took all morning. The last time I renewed my tags, I just did it right there at the emissions place, and it took no time at all.
Arriola might be corrupt, or almost corrupt, or seemingly corrupt, but there's no doubt that he made his department work better.
It seems a shame to lose him. Isn't there some $60,000-a-year part-time city consulting job the mayor can hook him up with? I mean, sure, $60,000 isn't that much for certain folks, but Arriola's pretty good at finding creative ways to supplement his income.