Last week the City Council authorized the city to spend $25,000 to hire a “head hunter” to find a new city manager. This coming on the heels of the City’s Finance Director telling the council that they will be $5 million in debt for 2011 and that cutting services, raising taxes, or laying off employees are the Council’s only option.
So, why spend $25,000 the city doesn’t have? That’s a good question. The vote was 4-0-1, with Councilmember Knutsen abstaining and Councilmember Hansen and Councilmember Brouillet absent.
All seven of the council members, as well as the numerous city employees, have praised interim city manager Ralph Dannenberg for his work as city manager. Yet, some council members are hell bent on hiring someone else at a cost of up to $250,000. $250,000 that the city doesn’t have.
So, why is it so important that Mr. Dannenberg be removed from his position? Why should employees and citizens trust the council when they clearly cannot manage the city’s finances?
Some of them will tell you it’s only $25,000? We don’t know about you, but we don’t think when you spend $25,000 you don’t have it’s not a big deal.