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Old 08-19-2020, 08:50 AM
 
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This is a question that is going to be on the Ballot in November to amend the City Charter... On the one hand, I am in favor of taking the day to day responsibilities of running the City away from the Mayor and given to a professional manager who can help make overseeing the management of such a large enterprise easier thus allowing the Mayor to focus on the "big picture" issues and connecting with residents/businesses on some of the systemic challenges facing the City... City Council has to confirm the appointment and removal of the City Administrator which is a good check/balance.. So hopefully (in a perfect world) this person would be apolitical and a professional CEO type that could seek efficiencies and policies to improve the City.


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https://baltimore.legistar.com/Legis...+administrator
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Old 08-19-2020, 09:02 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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This is a question that is going to be on the Ballot in November to amend the City Charter...
Other thoughts?
No. I see it as just a feel good measure ...
something to give the angry/frustrated an additional target to complain to/about.
Adding MORE salary and staff to City Hall doesn't solve anything.

When these topics come up (as they have since at least the early 70's)...
My go to response continues to be: Turn in the Charter and totally eliminate the role of City Hall.

Either that or resurrect Hyman Pressman ...but neither of these measures will fix anything.
Why? The problems aren't in any way unique let alone exclusive to Baltimore.
Neither are the answers.
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Old 08-22-2020, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I believe that Philadelphia has a city manager. Perhaps you could ask this question in their forum and see how people feel there, pro or con, about their own city having one.
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Old 08-22-2020, 10:12 PM
 
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The problems aren't in any way unique let alone exclusive to Baltimore.

Sad but true.

One thing is for sure, this sub forum needs moderation.
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:35 PM
 
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Looks like we have our new City Administrator.... Hopefully this is a step in the right direction..


https://www.wbaltv.com/article/balti...orter/34896119
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Old 12-09-2020, 12:28 AM
 
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So the first act of the new mayor is to create a new high paid position at city hall. This in a city that is so short of money that they cannot provide drinking water, heat, soap or toilet paper in city schools.
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Old 12-09-2020, 08:23 AM
 
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So the first act of the new mayor is to create a new high paid position at city hall. This in a city that is so short of money that they cannot provide drinking water, heat, soap or toilet paper in city schools.

Yeah.. it wasnt just created per se.. It was on the ballot as an amendment to the City Charter and was approved so to that extent.. the voters were/are aware. I would contrast this with what the incoming Council President is trying to do and create several new positions for that office when the outgoing Council President now Mayor didnt have those same positions in his office nor did he request them. Those positions were created and approved without any public input and seemed to be strictly political in nature as a gift from the outgoing mayor to likely create a safe landing space for his former staffers... All of that being said, you are correct in that high paying position and low results have been a norm in Baltimore.. I guess time will tell on how this position shakes out.. The incumbent seems to be duly qualified and not from Baltimore.. which ironically a good start for this town....
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Old 12-22-2020, 01:08 PM
 
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