While the contention is made that towns and cities led by a manager is the most popular and successful form for a municipal government, I would have to see some solid research regarding whether or not such a move would be a good fit for the Town of Clarksville before I definitively put my support behind the concept.
I understand the Town Manager position freeing up our Council from daily operational tasks and allow them to focus on policy issues, but how exactly does having a Town Manager for Clarksville "empower our elected officials to provide leadership, develop a vision and strategic plan for the community?" Shouldn't our Council already be empowered to do all the aforementioned things by the very nature of their position?
While it might be sold to us as an easily correctable mistake, should a bad hire occur, I would like more of an outline as to what the procedure to remove a Town Manager would entail. While the Town Manager would presumably be making decisions without political bias, I wouldn't be as presumptuous as to how political bias would play into the hiring or dismissal of a town manager.
The Democrats have simply wasted time, energy, and money on this issue. Putting together committees for study, then basically ignoring the committee's input is the kind of circular logic that has resulted in nothing being accomplished.
To summarize, I am remaining neutral for the time being in regards to the issue of a Town Manager for Clarksville. I believe once the issue has been fairly and thoroughly studied, then an honest discussion can take place.
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