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  • Well, looks like this just proves that Karma is real, and hard at work! You get what you give, whether it be good or bad, and Mr. Ure has left quite a trail of bad in his wake. The City Manager hit the nail on the head with the 2 following quotes:
    "Bruce fails to make well-informed decisions and does not use good judgment at decision making. He has a tendency to make decisions without thorough analysis and does not weigh political consequences of his decisions."
    "Bruce appears to be overly-confident in his decision making ... and will answer quickly without checking facts.
    History repeats itself again, but this time he didnt have the "good old boy" system to bail him out. It's simple folks, just do a Google search of the mans name. It's no coincidence that he has jumped from city to city so many times over the past 10 years. I would venture to say that most, if not all of those moves were not exactly on his own terms.

    Karma is real, and alive and well!!

    November 22, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
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    November 19, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
  • Well, at least now the city manager can hire someone who she's less threatened by. That's what this is really about, and yes Bruce Ure was an absolute asset to the City. I'm sick of this bull and I think I'm going to move away from this town.

    November 19, 2011 at 3:55 a.m.
  • Police Chief and Assistant City Manager are two completely different roles and the while the rigid hierarchy autocratic style of management works great for the former it ain't gonna fly for the latter. Further, in this day and time, municipal administrators of any type HAVE to be technocrats because of the regulatory and regulated environment they work in. Dude apparently had no interest in learning about the city departments other than P.D. and thought better of changing his management style. God Bless him and best wishes.

    Tip of the hat to the Advocate folks for doing the slow time consuming work required for this type of Open Records request. Good on you!

    November 18, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
  • I have been in Ure's shoes (different position, same scenario). When the leaders demand that you run every little detail to them and require their input for all decisions to be made, the next employee evaluation states that he lacks initiative and the ability to perform his said job duties. There just is no way to please some women (btw - I am a woman, therefore I can make that statement whereas a man cannot.).

    November 18, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
  • Didn't Garrett's husband work for VPD? Wonder if he is helping make p.d. decisions from the house.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
  • So he in 6 months was suppose to be acting fire chief, acting police chief, bootfest chair, learn all of the departments inside and out, report to her on every little thing AND be assistant city manager? No wonder he was sleeping and texting in the meetings. I would be too. Sounds like she set him up to fail. That is too much to put on one person Victoria. Be reasonable.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.
  • This is exactly the type of management that is pervasive inside Victoria city government and has been for years. Garrett's just a product of an environment that has been cultivated and allowed to exist for decades. This style of management and lack of true leadership is probably far different than most professionals subscribe to, and certainly not a style of management Ure and others are willing to conform to. Ure just got a good taste of the ridiculous levels of micro management and paranoia which has always run rampant through the ranks here in Victoria. Garrett's management style was learned and she's only doing what she was taught to do and what she knows how to do. The managers and supervisors in this city have always operated with just an incredible level of paranoia and distrust. It's the craziest thing I have ever been around.

    November 18, 2011 at noon
  • Willie, when I read that same paragraph of...

    "She wrote, "Bruce fails to make well-informed decisions and does not use good judgment at decision making. He has a tendency to make decisions without thorough analysis and does not weigh political consequences of his decisions."

    I got that Mr. Ure doesn't care about the good ol boy system and does whats right in spite of political ties, which might just cost Garrett and others their jobs.

    I also see like you, how she accuses Mr. Ure of micro managing, but insits she be informed of every little detail. If all her departments heads have the same order to report everything to her, when would she have time to do anything else. Her office would be a flood of phone calls and visits from department heads.

    As the article reads "She gave several examples, including the hiring of an event planner for Bootfest, but Ure continued to micro-manage instead of provide direction, according to the evaluation."

    According to Garrett ""This prevented Bruce from working on other projects with departments,"

    If her office is flooded with phone calls and visits, when would she herself have time to do her responsibilites.

    The way I see it, you hire someone who is capable of making a decision without running every little detail by the boss. As an employer myself, I like employees who can think for themselves and only bother me to get specific direction form time to time.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
  • Doesn't Charmell sit at the table with city council every Tuesday night? What does this statement mean?

    "must keep city manager informed of all issues and interactions with council, and due to decision making and lack of communication, there will need to be a rebuilding of trust with city manager."

    The following statement sounds like she was upset she didn't get to make the descisions...much like a micro-manager.

    "She wrote, "Bruce fails to make well-informed decisions and does not use good judgment at decision making. He has a tendency to make decisions without thorough analysis and does not weigh political consequences of his decisions."

    i.e. he doesn't come to me...he thinks for himself...

    Weird how it can go downhill so fast...must be more to it.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
  • There goes Bootfest!!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.
  • We need a city manager not a cop to run the city. Hire a real manager with experience.

    November 18, 2011 at 5:56 a.m.
  • Regardless of your thoughts on the City Manager, Ure was not an asset to the COV.

    Best of luck to him.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:09 p.m.
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    November 17, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.
  • One down, the whole lot to go. Time to start over!

    November 17, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.