During the Jan. 14 city council meeting and during the volunteer appointments, it was said that City Manager Chris Workman had shared his preferences of applicants with the members of the city council. Councilor Terry Weiss promptly brought this issue to the attention of the council and a proper vote ensued.
Why did only one councilor see this? I would expect the council to uphold the integrity of the process. In most cities there would be disciplinary action for a city manager who tried to control such important council decisions.
I did not appreciate the almost dismissive attitude taken by some staff that projects a nontransparent value. Preferences stated by staff is clearly not ethical. The simple fact that the budget committee volunteer could likely be involved in conversations about City Manager Chris Workman's contract and salary would be a clear conflict of interest.
Staff should remain independent of the council and the council remain unbiased. I would suggest that this practice does not continue for practical and principle purposes.
Thank you for listening.