one thing that accorsi said about gettleman is that he's not a self promoter, ie...not a kiss ass.
he's considered a "grinder" which means he's always working. he's about doing the job rather than vying for another one.
others got jobs ahead of him because they worked harder to get it...not meaning they were harder workers than gettleman, just that they tried harder to get the job while gettleman was focused on the job and hoped that his work would speak for itself.
it's unfortnate, but quite often promotions and jobs go to the person that does the best job at selling themselves to their (prospective) bosses rather than the one who actually does the best job.
it's all about where gettleman's focus was. it wasn't greener pastures, it was making the pasture he was on better.
I remember in the presser he said he'd spent the entire first "day at the office" working and hadn't even gotten around to saying hello to Richardson. He felt bad about it since Richardson hired him.
Me? I kinda took it as a good thing.