An informed community can become a significant asset in the quest for improvement, and David City can help their Mayor and City Council make appropriate decisions concerning our future if the public has a better understanding of the issues facing us.
The Mayor and City Council are elected by the citizens of the City to conduct the business of the City. As an elected City Council member, I believe that the business of the City must be conducted in a manner that maximizes the collective good in an efficient and effective fashion. We have not employed a qualified City Administrator for the past 6-plus years.
During that time we have had to outsource our budgeting processes, we have been unable to secure state or federal grants effectively, we have had to outsource project oversight or go without critical project watchdogs, our Human Resource Management efforts have been nonexistent and we have had to hire two employees in the City office.
At the June 2017 Council meeting agreement was reached that the City would make a serious effort to hire a qualified City Administrator and fund that position appropriately. Now, 7 months later the Mayor has appointed a Committee of 2 to begin this task. To date we have received seven applications and extended interview invitations to nobody.
From where I sit, it looks like there is at best a weak-willed effort to find an Administrator and we do not appear to be in any rush to make that happen. I firmly believe that the Council must demand that the process become a priority and expedite the interview invitations.
There is not currently a definitive plan for how the search process is going to move ahead. Is this a serious effort, or are we just going through the motions?
None of us comes to the City Council seat an expert in municipal government, but we must never forget that our job is to maximize the collective good in an efficient manner and we must not simply come to meetings and blindly follow an agenda that someone else suggested without significant discussion and probing questions, seeking the information necessary to guide an informed vote. We must do the research necessary to do a good job for those who elected us.
Expediting the City Administrator search effort, making sure that we are doing the right things to bring our City a skilled, competent, seasoned and worthwhile Administrator needs to be a top priority of our Council and it needs to start now.
Skip Trowbridge represents the First Ward on the City Council of David City.