This morning Sharon Addison will watch her first City Council meeting along with proud family members who join her as lawmakers act on the five resolutions and one ordinance on the agenda.
One of those resolutions will approve the two year contract to hire her as city manager effective July 16.
For Council it is the conclusion of a three month recruitment effort that took a stack of 37 applicants down to one person who will soon be the one to implement Council policies and administer the day to day operations of the City and its 300+ work force.
Last year's successful hiring of a City Clerk, during an election year, was in retrospect a key lesson in working together behind the scenes. In both cases, I tried to keep the group focused and working discreetly so as not to make a hiring into a pageant.
Council and I are convinced Ms. Addison will do a good job. Today she is introduced and over the next several weeks will surely work quietly with City Manager Krol to become familiar with the issues at hand.
In the meantime, Mr. Krol is still the manager and the City staff looks forward to Ms. Addison's start. There's work to do.