One of the things the citizens of Worcester miss when there’s no search or background check is whether any of the applicants for a position has made a political donation to those who would be hiring him.
(I say “him” because in Worcester “city manager” is a masculine noun.)
For example, let’s say you’ve got someone who is in the running for city manager, and he wrote out a $200 check to Joe Petty and a $200 check to Rick Rushton within a month of being spontaneously appointed to his current position.
That is, perhaps, something that a real search firm would have looked for or asked about, and a real City Council doing its due diligence would have uncovered, and a Mayor and Councilor with any integrity should have disclosed without prompting.
That’s not to say there’s mutual backscratching going on here, but someone hasn’t done their homework.