W■ By Emmett Campbell / Contributed
hen does a manager with an otherwise impeccable résumé in the field of public administration, with a proven track record of efficiency and professionalism in his background, cease to function as such? When does this individual, accustomed to thinking and talking in terms of productivity and bang for the buck like any businessperson, change into someone akin to a politician without being one, expressing on the defensive, vague, imprecise and hollow affirmations? I’m talking about the Hemet City Manager that wants to keep his job.
To find the answer to these questions look to the City Council and don’t forget that Hemet is still listed as one of the two worst managed cities in California.
In any organization where higher management is incompetent, as is the case of the Hemet City Council, even if the city manager’s position was filled with a genius in public administration, the end result would necessarily be the one stated in the preceding paragraph of this article.
Hiring an assistant city manager with an extremely generous salary as those paid in Hemet, at taxpayers expense, according to plan, will not fix the issue of deficient management unless the City Council allows the experts to do the job they know; unless the City Council, respects and complies with the city manager’s recommendations and doesn’t fire him/her when not in agreement, as has been the case with many past city managers.
The cynical politicians on the City Council – cynicism defined as “showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one’s actions, especially by actions that exploit the scruples of others” – are ruining our city by not complying with the professional manager’s recommendations and proposals, based on the objective analysis of the issues.
We the citizens of this unique city must insist that the professional managers do their jobs without City Council interference or we will all regret our inaction if we don’t participate and speak up at the City Council meetings.”
And what are the issues?
The retirement fund in the millions.
The need for an assistant city manager that Hemet can’t afford.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s and settlement fees that the taxpayers unduly paid in the Anthony Norman wrongful death case in Murrieta in which the Hemet deputy police chief was involved.
The Measure U General Fund that is not being used exclusively for public safety as promised before the vote.
The urgent need to contract out police to the Riverside County Sheriff with the ensuing financial savings and improvement in police services and crime prevention.
Proper coordination with state auditors and many other matters for which the Hemet taxpayer has to pony up.
Finally, the taxpayer has to get involved in the workings of the City Council and not allow them to do as they please. This City Council has proven to be inept and corrupt and cannot be permitted to continue down this path of destruction.
We the citizens of this unique city must insist that the professional managers do their jobs without City Council interference or we will all regret our inaction if we don’t participate and speak up at the City Council meetings.