I didn’t attend last night’s City Council meeting — and I haven’t even watched the video — but I was pleased to read in this morning’s Telegram [$] that “Mayor Joseph M. Petty is working with District 2 Councilor Philip P. Palmieri, chairman of the City Council Municipal Operations Committee, on scheduling a series of public hearings throughout the city to solicit input from the public on what they would like to see in the next city manager.”
The City Council has known for two months that there was a vacancy in the position of city manager.
They decided to hire a political insider with no experience in managing a municipality for a term of nine months without any public input — indeed, without that individual’s name on the agenda when it was first mentioned.
Now, as if in an epiphany, they’ve decided they require public input in hiring a city manager.
Perhaps they heard the complaints that the first round of manager “search” wasn’t transparent.
But holding a bunch of public meetings — held by the chairman of a committee who says he prefers local talent — does not a process make. There’s still no schedule, no executive search firm, no plan.
Are we looking for a rubber stamp or are we dragging our heels (while looking busy) for as long as possible so that we can beg someone to stay at the end of his nine-month term? Or all of the above?