Why are good people leaving Menlo Park City Hall?
Original post made by Long Time Menlo Man on Nov 2, 2013
Community Development Director
and before that
Community Development asst. director
Public Works Director
2 Police Chiefs
2 Police Commanders
Finance Director (he retired)
2 City Managers (1 retired)
I'm sure there are more but that seems like lot for Menlo Park.
Why are these people leaving?
on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm
There are, I am sure, multiple reasons for this attrition, just as there is at the company I work for or you work for. However, I do think there are two reasons that are involved more often than others. First, competitive opportunities. An excellent example of this is the recent departure (a huge loss for the City, of an extremely bright, energetic and talented young Senior Planner who, to her good fortune, was recruited by a major high tech firm. The second common reason, which represents the darker side of the issue, is the horrible treatment the very talented staff of Menlo Park get at the hands of both members of the public and those serving on the some of the commissions(ie. Transportation). All you need to do is read posts on this forum and you'll see a constant flow of criticism claiming that staff are incompetent or are either serving special interests or themselves. MP will continue to lose good people and fail to attract new good ones until it begins to respect the good, well trained people they have.
on Nov 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm
I know I haven't listed them all but it seems like most of the top layer of management are seeking bigger $$$ elsewhere. Is this what has happened to MP? We are now the training ground for other municipalities? We train them then let neighboring cities entice them away? I remember when MP was THE small city to work for. How sad.
on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm
At the coffee shop this morning, I heard 10 of the closest 20 people working with the city manager, have been hired within the last year. If that doesn't say something about brain drain, I don't what does! Why are our veteran staff leaving?