With all due respect, regardless of what you think of City Council's decision not to renew the Manager' contract, the process for recruiting a replacement has progressed at an appropriate pace and in fact is far ahead of the other local city now seeking a manager.
Shortly after the Council decision, based on discussions with the other four lawmakers I proposed the hiring of John Krol to conduct a process. In politics, you have to propose something you can get passed. This measure passed 3-2.
He quickly devised a job description based on the input of a variety of people in City government and then placed ads in appropriate venues including at my suggestion both the on-line services of Newzjunky and the WDT. He also has been talking to other managers to get the word out.
The deadline for submissions is this Friday, and Council will then have to bear down and review the applications and winnow the field before conducting extensive background checks and interviews.
In the meantime, I have worked with the Council on an interim solution and am confident the current team of department heads will keep operations on track as well.
Under the City Charter, the Council is responsible for hiring a manager and a clerk.
It is not something that comes up often, but last year the Council stayed on track and methodically chose a new City Clerk, who has worked out very well.
The manager's job is to be that traffic cop who keeps the moving parts of government moving smoothly and efficiently. Bringing an elected board to consensus on a candidate must be done with deliberate speed and careful consideration.
There was in January disagreement over whether a change was needed, but since that point I have sought to see all parties have worked towards transition at as quick a pace as is prudent and practical.
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