The next manager should be ...

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 07:14 PM

One of the topics the team with Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein discussed with employees is the expectations for council, staff and the city manager in the future. 

Of the 24, many offered what qualities they believe the next city manager should possess. 

In order to protect anonymity, the report uses the masculine pronoun, regardless of the gender of the interviewee. 

Interviewee 1 said there must be a clearer distinction between the role of the council and the role of staff. 

"He stated that the Council must understand that its role is to set policy, and that the staff's role is to implement policy...the Council should not try to manipulate staff in its implementation of the policy; if the Council does not like the policy, then the Council should formally change the policy," the report said. 

Interviewee one also said the next city manager should be skilled, qualified and act in the best interests of the city. 

Interviewee 6 said "the new City Manager must have backbone, be confident and truthful...the new City Manager must maintain consistent leadership and handle difficult situations without yielding to Council influence," the report said. 

It added that the new city manager must not be biased toward any faction of the council. 

Another interviewee stated that the lines between the council and city manager's responsibilities have been blurred and that there needs to be a clear line between the council setting policy and staff implementing it. 

Interviewee 12 wanted to see an experienced manager who lets the mayor run the council and is strong enough to run the staff management group without interference from council. The report stated that while this person initially thought an external candidate would be best, they now support Interim City Manager Greg Demko. 

"If Jesus Himself wanted to be the City Manager of Monroe, he would have been fired in 6 months," Interviewee 27 said in the report. 

This person said that no one could "handle the council." 

Other interviewees wanted a new city manager who would be willing to say "no" to council. They noted that past city managers may have worried standing up to the council would jeopardize their job. They also expressed a desire for a consistent and "hands-off" manager who would rise above pressure from council to bend the rules.