How low we have sunk?
City council recently required the city manager to tell us who the acting city manager(s) will be while he is out of town on vacation.
They further required that the designated people not be implicated in the current mess we are watching unfold.
The result is that one of the designees is not even a city employee. Somehow I doubt that this contractor can legally do the job.
Also of interest is that the number two person in the city’s management structure (the chief performance officer) was not named as the acting city manager. Was she involved in the failed attempt to get rid of our financial advisor firm? Or would becoming the acting city manager interfere with her other interests outside of the city?
Either our bench is so shallow that we have to resort to a city vendor, or a bunch of the senior city staff is involved in the current mess.
What is really remarkable is that we do not have a deputy or assistant city manager. Our city charter requires that the city manager name an acting city manager whenever the city manager is absent or disabled.
Shouldn’t we have someone designated permanently so that if our city manager were to be in an unfortunate accident we would have a city manager?
We deserve better