Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Concerns

Too much power

Locals worry about city manager, charter changes
By Zach Lindsey
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:34 AM CDT
The November election includes 34 proposed changes to the City Charter, and while some of them may seem innocuous and others confusing, some community members worry that amendments give too much power to the city manager.

As it is the city manager is very strong-willed.  Check out this video where the city manager huffs and puffs.



For your convenience I'm providing Proposition No. 11 as it appears on the current ballot.  It pertains to the city manager.
(1) Shall appoint and, when he/she deems it in the best interest of the City, suspend, reassign, remove or terminate any City department directors provided for by or under this Charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this Charter or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this Charter.  Department directors shall have the power to appoint, remove, or suspend all employees in their respective departments pursuant to policy as stated in section 4.01 (B)
It must be nice to be able to wield that kind of power.  However, I don't know that department directors are constantly being replaced.  This proposition is already in the books; it's only being tweaked a bit.  On Proposition No. 11, I would vote no only to dock the city manager for always speaking too close to the microphone at council meetings. 

Vote.

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