Bainbridge city hall must change its ways | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
August 10, 2012 · 8:05 AM
To the editor:
I have met and had conversation with Tom Muelhlenbeck of Strategic Government Resources, and he does know what he is doing in the sense of the right kind of candidate.
Having said that, a candidate when appointed will only learn of the true nature of the job requirements, when he or she comes into direct contact with several of the council members.
I say that because, there has not been a strong leader in city hall for 20 years. The staff and council have bounced back and forth with their own agendas, resulting in a huge financial cost to the citizens. Both parties are immune to their own consequences and actions.
The city manager has to be a strong charismatic leader, again he or she acts on the whim of the council. He or she can be fired by the council.
So, I ask you: Where is the incentive for any candidate to leave a good position elsewhere and come here to a possible short and painful career change?
The candidate must familiar themselves with the history of the politics here on the island. The candidate must then be willing to roll the dice with their career, to assure themselves they are above all the chatter, and get on with the job.
Lastly, I have applied for the position myself, knowing that I will not get in, but knowing that in applying and making comment to Strategic Government Resources,
I bring some of the issues to the front of the line.
We do need to change our way of conducting business at city hall. We can only hope.