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  • Ho Hum, sighh

    Family guy, regarding your comment....
    "Just do what is best for the city not what is best for the "Good ole Boys" network"

    Can you give me an example of when this has happened? Can you name who these good ole boys are? Help me out here.

    I WANNA BELIEVE!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.
  • Where U at Zucky?

    Question to hard?

    July 4, 2010 at 8:16 p.m.
  • If she is qualified and has been with the city for years then give her a chance. If she fails, post the position for other cities managers to apply. We need someone that will not fall for the "Good ole Boys" influence. Just do what is best for the city not what is best for the "Good ole Boys" network.
    It is a tough job to do. I hope she is strong enough to handle it.

    July 4, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.
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    June 30, 2010 at 11:23 p.m.
  • Cobra Dude,

    regarding your post.....

    "Let me see if I have this straight, Armstrong appoints Halepaska to form a committee to seek a new town manager. Are Armstrong and Halepaska in some kind of clique that only allows them, and only them, to run this community. This place is more like Ali Baba and his band of thieves than a democracy. I especially like the comment that was posted regarding spending the taxpayer's money at the whim of the few that feel they are the only ones that know what direction this burg needs to take."

    What the heck are you talking about??? Can you maybe provide examples or something that support what you are saying?

    June 30, 2010 at 9:38 p.m.
  • that's mister holein1.

    i will continue to ignore the shift key, only because it annoys you.

    in this informal blog, i find it unnecessary to use it. however, i will try to use proper punctuality, spelling, word usage, etc.

    i am not perfect. so, i'm sure i will make mistakes. please, have mercy on me.

    as i said before, don't be a db.

    June 30, 2010 at 5:03 p.m.
  • You also missed a fourth error in your sentence construction: "I'll work on the ON THE grammar when mr(s) finds the shift key. (BTW, I corrected three errors before sending this.)".

    June 30, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
  • Lamppost,

    Dan Pooley has a question for you:
    www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblogs/para...

    June 30, 2010 at 2:10 p.m.
  • notasheep, the City Manager is the most powerful person in city government, but you wouldn't know it by the way the Mayor speaks & acts. This is a big decision that's being rushed.

    City Charter:
    Article I, Section 2 - General powers of municipality, separation of legislative and executive functions:
    .... The executive functions of the City shall be administered by the Chief Executive Officer who shall be known as the City Manager and who shall execute the laws and administer the government of the City of Victoria.

    Article II, Section 8 - Mayor's power in relation to City Council:
    The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the City Council and shall be recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes, for receiving services of civil process on the City, and for military purposes. The Mayor, as a member of the City Council, shall be entitled to vote upon all matters considered by the City Council, but shall not have power to veto any action of the City Council.

    Article III, Section 1 - City Manager as Chief Executive officer:
    The City Manager of the City of Victoria shall be head of the administrative and executive affairs of the City and shall be designated and known as the City Manager, who shall be elected by the City Council. The City Manager shall be a person qualified by training, experience, and ability to perform executive and administrative functions and duties in municipal governmental affairs. ....

    Article III, Section 2 - Duty and power of City Manager:
    It shall be the power and duty of the City Manager of the City of Victoria:
    (a) To appoint and remove all appointive officers and employees of the City, except....
    (c) To recommend to the City Council for adoption or repeal such measures, resolutions, and ordinances the City Manager may deem necessary or expedient;
    (d) To keep the City Council fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the City;
    (e) To prepare and submit to the City Council the annual budget and supplements thereto; and
    (f) To perform such other duties as may be required by ordinance or resolution of the City Council.

    Article III, Section 3 - Freedom of City Manager from interference by City Council:
    It shall be unlawful for the City Council or any of its members to dictate to the City Manager the appointment of any person to office or employment, except with respect to those positions filled by appointment by the City Council under the provisions of this Charter, or in any manner interfere with the City Manager in the performance of the duties of that office, or....

    Source: http://library.municode.com/index.asp...

    June 30, 2010 at 1:44 p.m.
  • This town needs to take a good look at the way everything is being run and managed for them. Get involved.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
  • Ummm what's a city manager? Is that like being the catcher on a tee ball team?

    June 30, 2010 at 1:01 p.m.
  • first grade english lesson. capitalize the first letter in a name, Justataxpayer.

    don't be a db.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:08 p.m.
  • what would you suggest?

    let the population vote? we've seen how many come out for elections. not to mention there is a cost associated with elections.

    how about hiring an outside consulting firm? we've seen the costs associated with consulting firms.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:43 a.m.
  • Let me see if I have this straight, Armstrong appoints Halepaska to form a committee to seek a new town manager. Are Armstrong and Halepaska in some kind of clique that only allows them, and only them, to run this community. This place is more like Ali Baba and his band of thieves than a democracy. I especially like the comment that was posted regarding spending the taxpayer's money at the whim of the few that feel they are the only ones that know what direction this burg needs to take.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:20 a.m.
  • I'd prefer to have a City Manager that's familiar with and loyal to the city & community, so I couldn't get behind a decision to hire an out-of-towner, but I also don't want someone who blindly subscribes to the Mayor's (& other's) grandiose visions involving dangling carrots (unnecessary construction) & higher rents (property taxes). We need someone with the fiscal restraint and management style necessary to run a tight ship and someone who can efficiently manage our infrastructure and make our services as cost-effective as possible. Period.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 a.m.
  • Didn't they look outside the city when they were searching for a new police chief. Something about wanting a fresh perspective. Guess we don't need that in city manager. Not that she isn't qualified, but the city isn't in the best shape. Just look at the finances. I will remain optimistic though. Surely she wouldn't accept a 16 percent raise when the other employees are barely scraping by.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:42 a.m.
  • I don't agree with the irrational expedience and narrow focus of this search. If Garrett is qualified to do the job, perhaps the Council should have put her in that position on an interim basis to give them more time to deliberate. Once again, we're being told an issue is an emergency so we won't question the swiftness of their decision. She's probably the most qualified person for the job, but this position is too important to fill so quickly.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.
  • did the city even post the job? if Omar Rachid had run for mayor this kind of backroom politics would have never happened. shame on your Gabriel for not looking out for us.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:33 a.m.
  • There! That's done. Nothing against Garrett, but heaven forbid we would have actually taken this opportunity to do a thorough search. Oh well. At least Cake Boss can get back to the kitchen.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:06 a.m.
  • Again, I'm glad they let the citizens who are paying that salary decide who should fill that position........good old boys up to no good again.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.
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    June 29, 2010 at 10:57 p.m.
  • No pics?

    June 29, 2010 at 10:43 p.m.
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    June 29, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.