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JJD April 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I agree that there should be a Charter Commission. However, I think your other comments suggest that the City Manager is just an appointed version of a Mayor, it is not. You say that the City Manager gets ousted for not agreeing with the Council and then say "Are we not supposed to have of government of the people", I don't understand, the Council are the representatives of the people! In Council-Manager, the City Manager is a Chief Operating Officer, managing the daily operation of the city, he/she is not a political leader. The political strategic leadership is vested entirely in the Council, (rather than a strong executive Mayor and legislative Council splitting the role). A strong Mayor will only add politics into the daily operation of the city, when we see we already don't have a political leaders that can solve the larger strategic issues of the city, who would be this magic candidate for Mayor that would solve our ills? sadly we would likely end up with someone in the same EP political caste as we have now. I will keep my professional City Manager thank you, required to have a Masters Degree in Management by the charter.
A. W. April 25, 2012 at 04:15 AM
http://everythingpoliticalineastprovidence.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/andreoni-going-senile/ City Solicitor Orlando Andreoni going senile?
Joseph Tavares April 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think our present city manager is doing a excellent job, considering the mess he inherited, maybe he be a great candidate for mayor if it ever comes to that.
Rags 1 April 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM
What's the mattter JJD--term limits scare you. Fiscal year change, term limits, consolidation, appointed school committees, fiscal centralization and elimination of charter specified departments, etc etc are all general enough to put into a Charter change. My humble opinion is that a non-partisan City Manager/Council form of government is the best for a city of our size; however, it doesn't mean that structural change isn't necessary. Maybe the Busget Commission is starting to fill in the gaps.
JJD April 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
"What's the mattter JJD--term limits scare you." I never said anything against term limits, so I don't know why your saying that. I actually think that terms should be 4 years and Council/SC members should be limited to two terms, it eliminates people making Council membership a lifetime activity and it gives a long enough term that incumbents don't have to start running essentially the next day after swearing in. That said, I can't think of a Councilor that has been in office more than a few years now, the lifers like Grant, Miranda and Midgley aren't there anymore, Larisa spends two years in and two years out. The turnover just on the will of the voters is pretty high. That said, I do think term limits are a good idea, please don't attribute opinions to me that I never took. "Fiscal year change, term limits, consolidation, appointed school committees, fiscal centralization and elimination of charter specified departments, etc etc are all general enough to put into a Charter change. " Fiscal year change is the example I mentioned as to why I agreed we need a Charter Commission, term limits certainly are a charter issue, consolidation could be put in so that a future regime doesn't try to reverse the progress we've made, not argument there. Appointed school committees are a violation of RIGL 16-2-5 except in Prov, CF and Woon.. I think there should be no Charter departments, so I agree there too, strip all charter departments and do all departments only by ordinance.

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