Thursday, March 29, 2012

How's this strong-mayor thing workin' for ya?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

One guess at which analysis Mayor Steve Bach prefers.
  • One guess at which analysis Mayor Steve Bach prefers.
Former City Councilor and local attorney Randy Purvis and retired Colorado College political science professor Bob Loevy can both claim a deep understanding of our city government.

However, their views on how well the new form of government is working, vary widely.

Yesterday, the city communications office released a paper Loevy wrote, critiquing the new form of government. His conclusion: Council needs to be restructured, and the mayor given more powers.

Purvis released a response critique — though I wouldn't expect the mayor-controlled city Communications Office to be releasing it any time soon. A City Councilor passed along Purvis' analysis, which states that the mayor already has a great deal of power and really doesn't need any more.

If you're a local political junkie, these are both must reads. I've listed the summaries from both essays and PDF links to the full versions below.

Loevy's take:



Purvis' take:



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