LETTER: Make manager search public

Sandusky seems on the verge of seeking potential city manager candidates. I believe the process should be similar to that of any cre
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Sandusky seems on the verge of seeking potential city manager candidates. I believe the process should be similar to that of any credible campaign.

The city made a step forward. But the work is not done! From this point on, everything should be done by proper protocols, starting with the city manager selection. The city residents deserve to once again be part of the process so that the city might not encounter problems such as under past administrations.

This process is important to ensure selecting the right person who shall provide service to the citizens. The new city manager might well be a current city leader. In fact I am hopeful that he or she is! But public participation at forums, similar to what the Sandusky Register had at the State Theatre prior to the recent election, is key in this selection process, with any and all city manager candidates needing to attend and participate.

Public forums could well serve our community if all city manager candidates were "vetted," if you will, by the public. I believe the City Manager candidates should be open to questions by the people-at-large first, and then, after several forums, endorsed by the City Commission.

This forum process would:

-- Enhance residents' buy-in as true stakeholders in the outcome in choosing and working with the new city manager to resolve problems;

-- Provide "transparency" -- much talked about but less than evident in our area in the past;

-- Shorten the learning curve for the city manager;

-- Connect the city manager with the residents who understand the city's problems better than given credit; and

-- Open two-way dialogue quickly in addressing residents' questions, concerns regarding issues that our area faces. Residents might also offer goals and objectives as partners with the new administration!

There should be no short cuts in this process. This should not be selection by committee but selection by the citizens. This process can accomplish much to accomplish change you can trust!

Kathie Mueller

Sandusky