There was a city-wide vote in November 2011 that asked whether the city government should be realigned and reformed; 45 percent of voters said it should. That vote occurred even as Ard was hired, suggesting voters were willing to try again — once more perhaps — to let the city manager form of government work.
The city manager's job is no doubt demanding and worthy of being at the top-end of the pay scale. Ard's contract paid her $126,000 in 2012 and will pay out up to $141,000 this year and next. It only makes sense that commissioners, and residents, would want to be assured the city was — finally — on a right road. Ard, and residents deserve to know whether this partnership is working and serving the best interests of the city.
Commissioners should ask for a performance review and take every precaution necessary to assure it is fair and thorough, addressing the worthy goals that were established.
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What: Sandusky city commission meeting
When: 5 p.m.
Where: CIty Hall, Commission Chambers, 222 Meigs Street, Sandusky
Agenda: Jan. 14, 2013