Mayoral vs. and City Manager Qualifications

A change in government can only come from a majority vote on a ballot referendum.

After reading the past few weeks of people's opinions regarding our present form of government, I would like to bring out a few points of interest to our citizens of East Providence. A change in government can only come from a majority vote on a ballot referendum. But before the public can vote, the proposed change of government would need to get on the ballot in the first place. That would require a City Council resolution, or a petition from 10 percent of registered voters.

A city manager is usually hired by the council (an elected body) while a strong mayor is directly elected by the people of that city. The two functions are similar...in theory. Mayors tend to be much more cautious due to political considerations.

A city manager must meet the qualifications for the position while a mayor does not.

A city manager must have experience/knowledge along with a college degree, while a mayor does not.

 A city manager who performs poorly on the job can be removed immediately while a mayor will be in office for four years or be removed by a time-consuming and expensive recall.

 A city manager participates in the hiring of management positions after candidates have been screened and deemed qualified, while a mayor can hire friends, family and campaign contributors.

A city manager is chosen by the council, therefore he or she doesn't come into the position with special interests or their own agenda, while a mayor may have special interests/projects/agendas that he or she will push through without considering what it might do to other areas of government, he or she will have their decisions possibly being influenced by campaign contributions.

One thing I know the City of East Providence will be here in five years but at what cost to the taxpayers, I’m not recommending any form of government for I our city, but we need to look into what is best for the community.

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Next City Manager March 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM
You want what's best for the city. I say a receiver is what is best. Toss all union contracts and start over, no hard feelings toward any union member. Read them, it's destroying the solvency of the city.
Joe Botelho March 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
In an effort to unearth some logic promoting one system of government over another, I conducted some research to uncover a trend. The Wall Street Journal recently released its list of the ten best and worst run cities in America. I looked at the 10 best cities and researched their systems of government and this was what I found. Plano, Texas - Mayor/Council/Manager- 7 member council, all elected at-large Chandler Arizona- Council/Manager- 7 member council, all elected at-large Scottsdale, Arizona- Council/Manager- 7 member council, all elected at-large Seattle, Washington- Mayor/Council/Manager- 9 member council, all elected at-large. Chesapeake, VA- Council/Manager- 9 member council, all elected at-large Lincoln, Nebraska- Strong Mayor Fremont, CA- Council/Manager- 5 member council, all elected at-large Madison, Wisconson- Strong Mayor Irvine, CA- Council/Manager- 5 member council, all elected at-large Virginia Beach, VA- Council/Manager- 11 member council, 4 at-large. So there is a clear trend that the best run cities have council manager form of governement with nearly all of them electing the council members at-large. In most of these cities, thecouncil members have 4 year terms and the Mayor is directly elected with a 2 year term. For more information regarding each of these municiplaities go to: http://247wallst.com/2012/01/05/best-and-worst-run-cities-in-america/
Next City Manager March 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
What happens if you go to a 7 member council and 3 of the 7 members are on the tow list, lol
Next City Manager March 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
lady blyth September 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I want to know if it is possible to petition and elected councilman out.


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