This gonna come off snarky but believe in my sincerity...I (we) only want to see you do well.
OP you seem to have the right instincts; have you considered coming out of retirement for a special assignment? You could chase anything; why not public employees? The reason is...I see others (with far less talent) do so with less success, making far more money.
Perhaps Wally could nominate you as...Emporer of Nameoki Township; something respectable like that.