A few weeks ago, I blogged about what I’d learned so far. Unfortunately, in the short time since I wrote that, land development developments (more about this soon), Charter Commission appointment process changes (ditto), and what’s happened with the Waterford annexation (and here) all undermine my statement that city staff have not taken over the city.
BUT…I still believe, even more strongly now, that you out there need to hold the Council responsible for failing to do our jobs rather than pointing fingers at the staff.
Have staff overstepped their authority? Yes, I believe they have.
Why have they done this? Because the Council (and previous Councils – this is an entrenched cultural problem, not a one time error) has allowed it to happen. Transparency in the workings of city government is paramount. The council has failed to make clear that anything that smacks of secrecy, or strategic withholding of information, and or non-public process are all unacceptable.
What now? Mayor Rossing, in her role as leader of Council and setter of agendas, must lead on this issue and help the Council craft a sufficiently strong message to our staff. You can help by telling the Mayor, me and the rest of the Council that you are the real voting, tax-paying bosses of the City and you’d like to see change.