This is article by Dan Chmielewski is cross-posted from TheLiberalOC.com:
I’m not a fan of reality TV, but there’s a show called “Dirty Jobs” (now cancelled by The Discovery Channel) that documented truly awful jobs people do — like “Road Kill Cleaner” or “Zoo Cage Cleaner.” Jobs that usually involve excrement, dirt, sweat, terrible heat or freezing cold; a job that offers no respect and you need to shower after work instead of before it.
In Orange County, that job belongs to whoever is Anaheim’s City Manager.
Paul Emery is the current unappreciated occupant of the chair and with a new council majority in place, there’s a chance he’ll be axed due to demands of the pro-Tait crowd. The Voice of OC reports that Emery may be on his way out.
From the story (titles added referenced earlier in the story): “The shift could also mean a shakeup of the city’s top leadership. (Mayor Tom) Tait has often clashed with city officials, accusing them of manipulating budget numbers to inflate the resort district’s contributions to the budget and downplay the impacts of hotel subsidies.
At recent council meetings, some residents have called for the new council to fire City Manager Paul Emery as one of their first acts.
Neither Tait nor (Council member-elect Jose) Moreno would say whether they will push to replace top city staff – nor did they rule it out.
“I’d want to see a city manager who shares my vision for the city [of] creating a culture of kindness…and focusing on the community,” said Tait.
Even while in the Council minority, finding a city manager who shares Tait’s vision of “kindness” is a laughable thing. Tait’s not kind at all to any city manager under his tenure as Anaheim’s mayor. Since Tait was elected in 2010, Anaheim has had four city managers and perhaps a fifth is in place. There are rumors that a past City Manager filed personnel complaints against the Mayor for verbal abuse — documents shielded from public view due to the personnel nature of the complaint.
But if Tait wants a city manager to have a vision of a “culture of kindness” perhaps he ought to practice what he preaches.
Here’s the breakdown:
Since Mayor Tait was first elected in 2010, Anaheim City Managers include:
Tom Wood, June 2009 – November 2011
Bob Wingenroth, Interim: November 2011 – June 2012;Permanent: June 2012 – June 2013
Marcie Edwards, Interim: May 2013 – July 2013; Permanent: July 2013 – February 2014
Paul Emery, Interim: February 2014 to July 2015;Permanent: July 2015 to current
Having a city manager in place for a long haul provides a measure of stability for Anaheim City Hall staff.
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