New York City is hiring a leader to fight against residents' common enemy: rats.
This week, the NYC Mayor's Office posted a job listing for a "citywide director of rodent mitigation," or as a city hall spokesperson dubbed it, "a rat czar." The director, who will receive an annual salary between $120,000 and $170,000, will be expected to develop strategies, manage projects and lead teams against the city's rodents.
New York is the country's "second-rattiest" city, according to pest control company Orkin's most recent annual rankings.
The city is topped by Chicago in Orkin's rankings, which has held the "rattiest city" title for eight consecutive years now — but New York rodents have a special place in the cultural zeitgeist.
That's no reason to keep the rats around, according to the city's new job posting.
"But the rats don't run the city.