It’s been two months since we found out that Ed Augustus was going to be the next city manager.
The local daily has posted a few columns and editorials about the search (or lack thereof) for a new city manager, from Nick Kotsopoulos, who notes that the mayor has never ruled out hiring Augustus as the permanent city manager, to Dianne Williamson, who proclaimed his permanent appointment “a done deal”, to the editorial page writers, who asked the City Council to start searching for a permanent city manager forthwith.
The editorial asked the City Council to not “let the search get bogged down before it begins. There is no need to poll the public on what they want in a manager.”
Because we already know what the public wants in a city manager: good hair.
If you are frustrated that the City Council has not begun looking for the next manager, here’s what you should do:
- Attend the next City Council meeting and speak at the beginning of the meeting. While citizens should stick to items on the agenda, I think it would be worth asking why the manager search is not on the agenda.
- Call or email the chair of the Municipal Operations standing committee, Phil Palmieri. Ask him to start the process to search for a new city manager. (508-579-8568-Blackberry; 508-843-1662-cell)
- Call or email the mayor and ask when he will let the residents of Worcester know about the timeline for the city manager search. (508-799-1153-office; 774-242-3520-Blackberry, 508-335-7341-cell)