Raleigh City Manager Feedback

f477f634-c436-46be-b85e-44d6c1641d8d.gifAs you probably know, the Raleigh City Council is looking for a new City Manager. One of my top priorities in this search is to seek out and include the voices of community leaders, businesses, and families. What do you value in a City Manager? What should we be looking for, and what should we avoid?

For your reference, read the official description of the position on the Raleigh City portal.

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Timing Is Everything

Dear Councilman Gaylord, Thank you for asking me for additional comments concerning the following issue. Bold decisions are what make great leaders and we need you to be a great leader. The process of how a new City Manager is chosen will determine the quality and success of the City of Raleigh for years to come. This will affect public and private growth, businesses, and every citizen of Raleigh The issue at hand comes at perfect time in your campaign for re-election. I believe, this is the issue to ensure your reelection In the eyes of the press, the council, and most important, its citizens. You are in a position to make something happen. And you can own the high ground in every way. Raleigh citizens and business owners should informed why they should be very concerned about the City manager selection not being public and transparent. Here is what I propose: o Privately ensure the media, it would not lose any access if it follows and reports a true story o Hold a press conference, step it up a notch and start squeaking louder. o Inform the public the actual details for the outgoing city manager being let go. o Inform the public why it cannot and should not rely on the City Council to hire the most powerful position in Raleigh City government behind closed doors, without public awareness and input. o Inform the public, which council members voted against making this a public selection. Pose the question publicly to those council members: How could democracy possibly be better served by having the most powerful, unelected, public sector seat, chosen behind closed doors, off the record? o Call for concerned citizens to contact you and each council member to demand a transparent collaboration in choosing the MOST powerful leader in their city. o Issue a public statement to national media highlighting your leadership concerning this issue. o Make this the primary topic at hand at every public engagement. Leadership is needed here. I believe you could be the right councilman, at the right time, holding the right seat to ensure the informed voices of the citizens of Raleigh are heard and acted upon appropriately. Will you accept this charge for the citizens of Raleigh? Donald J. Mertrud Raleigh NC

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eat local, hire local. know where they come from.

I would like to see someone that can not only run the city, but someone who is familiar with the state. We have an amazing school of government right down the road that supports the cities, why not find a product of that, or someone who has worked in the state before.

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We don't need a Progressive. We don't need a Conservative.

We need a competent city manager. Remember, folks, this is an appointed administrative role, NOT an elected official. Let's focus on someone who can competently handle the professional responsibilities without playing favorites to a polarized political agenda.

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Need a City Manager who is progressive, visionary and eager to facilitate.

Need a City Manager who is progressive, visionary and eager to facilitate projects that will mold the city's future economically,environmentally and in quality living experience. The nature of the City Manager's role as it has evolved over time has been more administrative and tactical. I believe the last administration created value by increasing efficiency in existing operations, infrastructure and initiatives (Make Status Quo a little better) This leaves little support for the more visionary projects and risk/ reward based propositions. Our city is well positioned to take some risks and break the mold so to speak. We need someone in this role who is competitive, driven by progress, a willing facilitator of public/ private partnerships, and dynamic enough personality who shall manage relationships with a diverse set of players and individuals in our ecosystem which span a broad spectrum of believes, values and generations. Be able to keep the old school and the new school engaged and working towards progress. This position is so very critical at a point in time where we can accelerate and advance our successes exponentially or we can continue making steady progress. I am in full support of this being an open discussion due to the importance of this position and its role in our lives and futures. If this is being kept behind closed doors we are missing some opportunities. -Not raising the public awareness of this position and its importance. -Not engaging the residents on a decision that likely has more impact on their Raleigh Experience than any one elected position. Yet each contested elected seat has enormous publicity. - Behind closed doors lends itself to decisions and recommendations being made by council that may not be 100% in line with constituent benefit. This can be viewed many different ways. Chances are, whatever you could be thinking about related to 'What could go wrong if this happens behind closed doors?' Whatever! You are likely on to something and right that it could happen. Running out of time. These are a few thoughts. Look forward to the conversation.

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Need a City Manager who is progressive, visionary and eager to facilitate.

Need a City Manager who is progressive, visionary and eager to facilitate projects that will mold the city's future economically,environmentally and in quality living experience. The nature of the City Manager's role as it has evolved over time has been more administrative and tactical. I believe the last administration created value by increasing efficiency in existing operations, infrastructure and initiatives (Make Status Quo a little better) This leaves little support for the more visionary projects and risk/ reward based propositions. Our city is well positioned to take some risks and break the mold so to speak. We need someone in this role who is competitive, driven by progress, a willing facilitator of public/ private partnerships, and dynamic enough personality who shall manage relationships with a diverse set of players and individuals in our ecosystem which span a broad spectrum of believes, values and generations. Be able to keep the old school and the new school engaged and working towards progress. This position is so very critical at a point in time where we can accelerate and advance our successes exponentially or we can continue making steady progress. I am in full support of this being an open discussion due to the importance of this position and its role in our lives and futures. If this is being kept behind closed doors we are missing some opportunities. -Not raising the public awareness of this position and its importance. -Not engaging the residents on a decision that likely has more impact on their Raleigh Experience than any one elected position. Yet each contested elected seat has enormous publicity. - Behind closed doors lends itself to decisions and recommendations being made by council that may not be 100% in line with constituent benefit. This can be viewed many different ways. Chances are, whatever you could be thinking about related to 'What could go wrong if this happens behind closed doors?' Whatever! You are likely on to something and right that it could happen. Running out of time. These are a few thoughts. Look forward to the conversation.

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