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Recruiting a new town manager for Atherton

Original post made by Town crier, Atherton: other, on Jun 6, 2010

Jerry Gruber has been spending a lot of time lately in Florida, where he worked for many years in the panhandle. Word is he's looking for a job.

Who can step up to become town manager of Atherton? Can we recruit from within?

I don't mean promoting a cop. I mean a resident of Atherton. Can the residents take back this town from the cops and real estate developers?

It's going to take an awfully courageous and capable person to do so.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

2.12.030 Appointment.

The city manager shall be appointed by the city council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and ability. (Ord. 274 § 3, 1967)

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Posted by talent scout
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

There's no reason to limit the field to residents of Atherton. Besides that as Peter Carpenter notes, that would be illegal.

The last time there was a recruitment for City Manager, the City violated its own ordinance. It reached down and picked a glorified secretary, who then turned around and suspended her rival for the job and then had him fired.

In the process she primped and preened for the top job but the Town went outside to recruit a mid-level manager from a rural utility who left after being accused of the very same thing the interim city manager's rival was fired for but was later exonerated on (sexual harrassment).

This all goes to show that the City must reinvent the selection prorocess. It should look beyond the very shallow gene pool of civil servants who feed at the public trough. The City should look to its own residents.

Everyone knows the real power isn't with the City Council it is with the one they appoint as City Manager. That is the definition of a council-manager form of government.

The simple fact of the matter is that this town has an ample supply of capable people to whom even the best civil servants whom the City can expect to apply for couldn't hold a candle to.

Get a grip folks, look for a capable leader from within. You folks will be much happier than you would be if you found another Jim Robinson, Don Galuzzi, or Jerry Gruber.

When one looks at crop of loosers who have filled the top job at Town hall, one really must agree that there has to be a better way.

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