In one episode, Andy states that he doesn't really know who his boss is.

This raises the question, who is in charge of the shoe-shining business?

We know that Leslie arranged for him to get the job once Old Gus retired. We also know that the Pawnee government seems to own the chairs, as they are eventually moved to the City Hall basement once Andy changes jobs. However, there is no indication that he has to give any portion of the money he makes to the government for use of its equipment. Additionally, the Parks and Rec department regularly hires or gets him to do things for them, so he apparently has no obligation to spend working hours shining shoes.

So is the shoe-shinning business managed by Parks and Rec, the city government, Andy himself, or another party?

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    I had always assumed he just worked for tips and basically had the cities permission to use that spot. I don't really have anything to back that up though.
    – JMac
    May 24, 2018 at 12:26

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The boss is probably the building administrator of some sort. Once Old Gus retired, Leslie probably went to this person and recommended Andy. However, it does seem that Andy has very flexible hours and is given a lot of freedom (no one ever makes sure he is doing his job), so perhaps he doesn't really have a true boss and is merely "renting" out that space.

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    Do you have any evidence for this?
    – Rogue Jedi
    May 24, 2018 at 10:28

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