Find a manager already

It’s been two months since we found out that Ed Augustus was going to be the next city manager.

At the time, I anticipated that we would have a lack of a process, a lack of progress, and that those in charge would do everything possible to ensure that there would be no nationwide search.

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)

4 thoughts on “Find a manager already

  1. michael gaffney says:

    It is on the agenda. I requested a scope document and timeline on the search. So, anyone can and should speak about it.

  2. gayle says:

    I can see a pattern of how this city works here on this one issue, finally .subject reopened requesting a timeline.
    I have been trying to find a pattern of how this city works on issues but I am new to it and would love someone to explain how i.e. on this agenda
    item 11b it seems a councilor doesn’t talk or get answers from a Parks and Rec. Commissioner on issues on park projects ( except for issues pertaining to sports fields as I’ve reviewed a lot of videos on parks and recs. meetings)
    item 11 h – a councilor can’t?doesn’t? talk to Dept. of Public Works-Code enforcement but has to put the question on the agenda
    Again I am only trying to see how issues get resolved and can’t seem to grasp a pattern and I am sure other ordinary citizens are having this problem?

  3. Tracy Novick says:

    (To speak as an elected official, though school side)
    There’s a couple of different reasons why you might put an item on an agenda:
    1. Sometimes, you want to be seen asking the question (we are elected, after all, and this is our bread-and-butter). That may be the issues with the above.
    2. Sometimes, you’ll call the administrator, and he’ll say, “Put that on an agenda, and I’ll get you a report.” Maybe it’s a long answer, or the administration has gotten the question a couple of times, and they’d like to get it out there.
    3. Sometimes, you called and didn’t get an answer. Thus, you now have asked publicly (which is often the only power we have).
    4. Sometimes, you know the answer already, but you want administration to publicly answer the question. There’s lots of reasons for this, but they usually have to do with making a point.

    Your question raises a very crucial point, though: MUCH of what councilors (and school committee members) do is off-agenda. It’s about phone calls and emails.

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