Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Meet the next city manager

By Jennifer Nitzkowski, Michael Bisch and Alan Humason

With the pending departure of Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton to Incline Village, Nev., a discussion of his replacement is in order.

Recent history and the city’s struggle to effectively grapple with the current fiscal mess have shown how critical the city manager position is to the welfare of our community. All things considered, the stakes for all of us are very high, and the City Council has to get this hire right.
To assist the City Council, we’d like to share our thoughts on what should drive the city manager replacement process. Fundamentally underlying the process should be solving the city’s fiscal challenges as quickly, efficiently and fairly as possible. Progress has been made to date, but nowhere near enough as the city’s budget deficit continues to widen dramatically. Furthermore, dramatic, substantive progress must be made in economic development — that means robust, swift, creative efforts to build a diversified economic base that creates jobs and generates significantly more tax revenue.
The person at the helm of the city’s affairs must have a firm understanding of our community, proven leadership and problem-solving skills, innovative thinking, a command of public relations and the will to practice transparent governance; all other qualities pale in comparison.

The selected city manager must truly possess these attributes whether they were acquired in the public, private, nonprofit sectors, the military or academia. Therefore, we respectfully insist that the City Council refrain from barring qualified candidates from either the interim or permanent position based on limiting criteria such as “an MBA in public finance” or “15 years of career experience in municipal government.”

The immediate and future needs require our leaders to think outside of the box. Taking this input to heart, we have every confidence the council is capable of making a sound choice.
It is also our hope that the next city manager will prove to be a wise, durable counterweight to the vagaries of a changing City Council. Council members come and go, and while their service to our community is no doubt honorable, for the most part, council members are, in effect, volunteers with other jobs to fill their time and attention.

We need a city manager who will keep council members focused on adopting and implementing solutions to the primary fiscal and economic challenges we face and will work to prevent the City Council from being distracted by less pressing matters.
We are imagining a city manager with a willingness to speak up publicly when council members are failing to focus on the long-term fiscal and economic interests of the community. The city manager need not be combative, but certainly must have the ability to articulate a compelling argument and defend it with hard facts and sound reasoning.

We’re also imagining a city manager with the public relation skills to bring the community into the governing process while guiding us to effective solutions.
Creating and fostering a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable community is a challenging endeavor. The Davis Chamber of Commerce, Davis Downtown, the Yolo County Visitors Bureau and the entire business community stand ready, willing and able to work collaboratively with all stakeholder groups to overcome today’s challenges while planning for a bright future for our deserving community.
— Jennifer Nitzkowski is chairman of the Davis Chamber of Commerce board of directors; Michael Bisch is president of Davis Downtown; and Alan Humason is executive director of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
4-H members get ready for Spring Show

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Will city move forward on public power review?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Obama to Russia: More sanctions are ‘teed up’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
2 pursuits, 2 arrests keep Woodland officers busy

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
 
Youth sports in focus on radio program

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rummage sale will benefit preschool

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Concert benefits South Korea exchange

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Conference puts focus on Arab studies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis honors ‘green’ citizens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Water rate assistance bill advances

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Program explores STEM careers for girls

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Embroiderers plan a hands-on project

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Hotel/conference center info meeting set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
MOMS Club plans open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A12

 
.

Forum

Things are turning sour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
The high cost of employment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

High-five to Union Bank

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Broken sprinklers waste water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Three more administrators?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Neustadt has experience for the job

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

 
Davis is fair, thoughtful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

.

Sports

DHS tracksters sweep another DVC meet

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Another DVC blowout for DHS girls soccer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS boys shuffle the deck to beat Cards

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS/Franklin II is a close loss for Devil softballers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
UCD roundup: Aggies lose a softball game at Pacific

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Jahn jumps to Sacramento Republic FC

By Evan Ream | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

Congressional art competition open to high school students

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6