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City Manager Selection Process (Agenda I-4)

From: domainremoved <Jen>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 11:34:22 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

We are 28 days away from an election that could bring a great deal of
change to our City Council. Given the huge role that the City Manager has
on our City, it is critical that we wait to make any substantive decisions
about the hiring of the City Manager until after the election.

The Staff Report for Agenda Item I-4 recommends that the City Council
appoint a subcommittee tonight to oversee the City Manager section process.
Given the imminent departure of Mr. McIntyre, it argues that immediate
action should be taken, and even points out that the Mayor has already
directed staff to solicit proposals from professional recruiting firms.

It is not appropriate for a subcommittee to be appointed before the
election that will develop the "ideal candidate profile" and "the selection
process." It's one thing to move forward with the soliciting of proposals
for recruitment firms at this time (though even the definition of a 'good
firm' can be subject to values and policies - who the firm considers
stakeholders, track record of recruiting women and people of color, a
generally diverse pool of applicants, etc., etc.), but an entirely
different thing to make any other decisions. The upcoming election may have
a huge impact on the Council and it is critical that we give those elected
on November 6th, whether they be newcomers or incumbents, a chance to be
part of the process.

I would also encourage the City to create an advisory committee of some
sort made up of key stakeholders to give input into what qualities they
would like to see in a City Manager. This advisory committee should be made
up of a diverse pool of interested parties and ideally would have a part in
the selection process as well.

Finally, I encourage you to go through this process in the most
accessible/transparent way possible for the community at large. Having this
item last on the meeting's agenda does not inspire public participation and
oversight.

There is a lot at stake in this process. Please make sure that it is done
correctly.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jen
-- 
*Jen Wolosin*
jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Tue Oct 09 2018 - 11:33:04 PDT

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