This from Helen Marshall:
The El Paso Times tells us (http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_27724729/city-manager-hires-former-co-worker-says-new) that the City of El Paso now has a new authority, the Chief Performance Officer, created by City Manager Tommy Gonzalez last November. The position was filled by Nancy Bartlett, who worked for Gonzalez in Irving (and who will be reimbursed for trips back to North Texas in her initial six months, as her husband and mother are not moving to El Paso). Bartlett’s base salary and benefits such as full-time use of a city vehicle top $200,000. The job was not advertised as Gonzalez considers it to be an administrative decision that is within his authority, not that of council. Bartlett’s total reimbursement will be higher than that of Deputy City Manager David Almonte, who has, possibly coincidentally, submitted his resignation.
Bartlett and Gonzalez are fans of a management setup called Sigma Six, which they tout as the key to making public administration more efficient. “In the months to come, Gonzalez said, El Paso will begin to see changes that will improve the delivery of city services to the public and get the city staff excited about their jobs.” If you suffer from insomnia, try reading this Wikipedia article about Sigma Six…and try to imagine life in Sigma Six El Paso. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Sigma The Strategic Plan, with its babble of Goals and sub-goals, is just the beginning of the excitement!
Bartlett’s expression in the photo accompanying the Times article leaves no doubt that she will be a match for Saint Joyce.