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An Examination of the Challenges Faced by a Public Administrator Chesnee L. Martin
April 25, 2013
Dr. Angela Smith
PAD: 500 Modern Public Administration
Strayer University

ABSTRACT
In 1947, the blast at Centralia No. 5 in Illinois killed one hundred and eleven men. This disaster could have been easily prevented if the administrators who took an oath to protect and serve their community would have taken these vows seriously. The paper will give identify and explain steps the public administrator in the incident could have taken to de-escalate the situation. The paper will also analyze and discuss the motivations toward the Constitution, bureaucracy, and obligation. Finally, insight will be given on other options the administrator could have executed to hopefully secure a different outcome.

An Examination of the Challenges Faced by a Public Administrator Introduction
Public Administration entails civil servants implementing a specified policy within the confines of a government executive framework. Likewise, public administration is a multi-dimensional practice and a major dilemma that plagues public administration is where does politics start and end. As a result, many public administrators find themselves attempting to carry out and implement policies that are beneficial to society and playing a political game so to speak. Therefore; many public administrators are advocates for the public in the sense that they are obligated to concerns, rights, and needs of society and are responsible to make decisions that will promote the greater good of society as a whole. However; the political side is still something that public administrators have to contend with as well. This is evident in the mining incident that occurred at a prominent mining facility. In 1947, the blast at Centralia No. 5 in Illinois killed one hundred and eleven men. This disaster could have been easily prevented if the administrators who took an oath to protect and serve their community would have taken these vows seriously. The paper will give identify and explain steps the public administrator in the incident could have taken to de-escalate the situation. The paper will also analyze and discuss the motivations toward the Constitution, bureaucracy, and obligation. Finally, insight will be given on other options the administrator could have executed to hopefully secure a different outcome. Identify and Explain Four Logical Alternatives Scanlan Could Have Addressed Driscoll O. Scanlan was appointed to the job of Illinois mine inspector in 1941. His reputation and job experience made him a likely candidate for Governor Dwight Green who had promised the miners he would enforce the mining law “to the letter of the law.” (Stillman 2010) This implies to the miners and readers a like that Governor Green intended to make working conditions in the mines safe and uphold the standards outlined in the policy. However; the governor did not uphold his end of the bargain and tragedy struck as a result of the carelessness of several individuals including Scanlan. The book mentions there are two main explosion hazards in the mining industry: coal dusting and gas. To combat the problem of coal dusting a method called rock dusting is implemented. Rock dusting is simply applying pulverized stone to the walls and roofs of the passageways. (Stillman, 2010) Likewise, Illinois requires all mines that are dangerous to utilize this method for cleaning out the mines. The job of Scanlan was to police the mines so to speak and ensure they were in compliance with the laws set forth by the state. Scanlan was meticulous at his job. For example, he had a relationship with the employees as opposed to the bosses which was very unusual for a mining inspector. Scanlan reported his findings to the assistant director who in turn was suppose to ensure that the recommendations were carried out in their entirety. Scanlan made thirteen unanswered recommendations to the director. The...
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