There also needs to be more oversight and review power from groups that
don't have conflicting interests. But a strong municipal and civic
organization typically requires taxation to support it.
I receommend, because I don't live in WVC having a mayor and city council
as part time and a full time city manager. The last thing a city needs is a
gadfly mayor (think "Rocky" Anderson) who would push his agenda over the
needs of the city. Seasoned well trained city managers will lead the day to day
business and leave the ribbon cutting and speech making to the amateurs who run
for office for various reasons.
Strider303 I don't agree with you. A city manager isn't responsible
to anyone. West Jordan has had more than its share of problems in by-gone years
from rouge managers. In the case of WVCPD, the department with all the problems
reported directly to the city manager and yet the Chief and the Mayor have had
to call it quits but the manager is coated with Teflon. Why doesn't the
buck stop with him (or her)? City managers learn how to survive changing
politicians and they command a huge salary because "we are always at risk of
losing our jobs" and yet many survive for decades. They learn first hand
that "friends come and go but enemies accumulate." The ones that
I've seen with a lot of enemies have earned every one of them. And their
"I know everything" attitude is sickening. I've watched them
interrupt people at mid-sentence thinking their thoughts are superior to
whoever is speaking, cionfusing rudeness for intelligence. There
have been some poor mayors, too; on that we agree. They still push their agenda
even though working only part time. Washington DC has nothing on city hall!!
Regarding Susan Powell. Information recently released indicates WVC did
everything possible to locate her. It can be argued that Josh should have been
criminally charged. That is a valid debate. Maybe it is time to give the
beleaguered city a break.