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Sandusky city commission should vote on Ard review

Matt Westerhold • Mar 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

It seems apparent that both Diedre Cole and Wes Poole want to assure that Sandusky city commissioners follow through with the Novak Consulting Group contract with the city and provide the performance evaluation for city manager Nicole Ard. 

What's not known is why there was no follow through from the other five commissioners.

In 2011, then city commissioner Dick Brady spearheaded the effort to hire a city manager and commissioners voted to hire the Novak Group to advertise for candidates and vet them down to a manageable list for commissioners from which they could choose the new city leader. The firm also assisted the city in establishing 12 specific goals for 2012 for the city manager and commissioners, then, approved that list.

The goals and the contract successfully defined and reflected expectations of the city commission and residents, but it appears those expectation have fallen by the wayside. A Register report in early January showed that none of the goals had been achieved. Neither Ard, nor any other city official, has refuted the report or provided any information contrary to it or suggesting the goals had been accomplished. 

Poole and Cole are the only commissioners supporting follow through from Novak. Commissioners Julie Farrar, Pervis Brown and ex officio mayor John Hamilton all previously supported the goals and job expectations but now don't appear willing, or concerned, whether there is any follow through on it. They, along with newbie commissioners Smith and Grohe, have stymied the plan and all but killed it.

A lot gets stymied by the majority coalition.

It makes no sense to let the valuable work of past commissioners — Dan Kaman, Dave Waddington and Brady — and present commissioners Cole, Farrar, Brown and Hamilton, who successfully built a super-majority coalition — unanimous — in 2011 to vote in support of the Novak contract, the goals and the performance evaluation for the city manager the firm helped to hire.    


Take a vote on the Novak review if need be. There's no reason to discard an already paid for professional service for that work that began two years ago, or if there is, commissioners opposed to a timely and professional assessment can state what those reasons might be in a public discussion. Taxpayers deserve follow through from commissioners, not stubborn, stone silence on important issues and not bullying or arrogant refusal to debate what matters.  


Take a vote. 

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