November 30, 2011

Greg Kesich: New mayor can make a quick impact through city planner search

The process to hire a new planning director should get as much public input as the search for a police chief.

By Greg Kesich
Editorial Page Editor

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Then  there will be next year’s budget, which for the first time will be developed by the manager in consultation with a mayor. What’s not new is that revenues are expected to be down, demand for services up and everyone wants you to minimize a tax increase.

What should you do about those issues? You’re the one who wanted to run for mayor. You figure it out.

But if you want to change the culture at City Hall, and that’s what most of the people who voted said they wanted someone to do, getting involved in choosing a new planning director would be a way to start this first term running.


Careful readers may recall that the last time I wrote a column, I was saying goodbye. But thanks to an unforeseeable series of personnel moves, I’m back and with a slightly fancier title. So, hello again.

This whole experience has taught me one important lesson: Don’t write a farewell column unless you are absolutely certain that you are leaving. The next one will be posthumous, I promise.

Until then, I’m looking forward to keeping up my end of this conversation, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing from those of you who want to join in.

Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at 791-6481, or:

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