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Re: “The pros and cons of a strong mayor for Colorado Springs

McElhany et als do not cover one significant aspect of the issue: who will actually be "managing" the day-to-day operations of the city? The new mayor? Okay, so what qualifications will he/she have in order to do this? Will the voters elect him/her on the basis of such professional qualifications? The point behind the professional manager/elected council model was to put the actual management into the hands of a professionally trained and experienced administrator--who would work AT THE PLEASURE OF THE ELECTED COUNCIL. Perhaps that last should be rephrased for further emphasis: the appointed manager would be ACCOUNTABLE TO THE ELECTED COUNCIL. This city has had some fine managers--George Fellows comes to mind--who can be credited with growing and maintaining a proud and beautiful and economically successful community.
The McElhany argument includes the notion that a "strong mayor" (with or without managerial expertise) "who might make less than half the previous city manager's salary." This is a community of nearly half a million people, with a budget in the billions. Do we really think we are going to get good leadership at for $105K/year? How many of the authors of this article would take the job for that salary?

Posted by Kristin on 04/29/2010 at 4:10 PM

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