Port Orchard residents deserve a certified professional manager.
I served on the city council for two administrations and closely observed a third.
Each new mayor wants to hire their own team of managers. It takes 1½ years to fire the old and hire the new. It takes a minimum of ½ year to begin working as a team so every administration wastes 2 years (50 percent of their term) before they even start to be effective.
In one case, the mayor selected poor managers and they accomplished little in four years.
One mayor selected excellent managers within the first year who worked well with the council and the many ribbon cuttings this year are the result. This mayor, used the typical 1½ years to establish the team, but the manager/council team hasn’t jelled as yet.
The bottom line is the most the citizens can expect is 50 percent effectiveness. We should not accept that percentage. The council, realizing that the city needed improved management, voted to have a full time mayor, but the action didn’t meet our expectations. We need a trained and certified manager to run our city. One can always find an exception, but most cities with professional managers are doing outstanding compared to Port Orchard.
Port Orchard residents deserve consistency, longevity and professionalism from their manager. I urge you to use your vote to hire a certified professional manager and to make us a code city.
Jim Colebank | Port Orchard