Archive for Monday, March 6, 2006

City manager’s evaluation still under discussion

March 6, 2006


City commissioners still haven't reached consensus on the performance of longtime city manager Mike Wildgen.

Commissioners this morning took the unusual step of calling for a third day of closed-door meetings to discuss Wildgen's annual evaluation. Wildgen has been the city's top administrator since 1990.

"I can't tell people what to read into this," Mayor Boog Highberger said. "What I would say is that the city manager's evaluation is one of the more important jobs that we do. We want to be thorough."

City commissioners did not set a time to meet again. Highberger, though, said it likely would be before the end of the week. He said commissioners may set a date at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

Commissioners throughout the year have had several tough questions for Wildgen and staff members regarding the city's ability to plan and handle growth, particularly in the northwest area where there are concerns the city's sewer system is inadequate for planned development.

Highberger declined to go into detail about whether Wildgen's job was in jeopardy or whether the review was only focused on improvements that needed to be made.

Other commissioners also declined to go into specifics about Wildgen's performance.

Wildgen said he had no problem with the commission taking extra time to do his evaluation. Wildgen also said speculation that the delay in completing the evaluation was to give him time to contemplate resigning was incorrect.

"I don't have any announcement to make," Wildgen said.


Michael Stanclift 12 years, 2 months ago

Because they just can't say enough good things about him! ;)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 2 months ago

Sure, he's got a much more difficult job than you could ever handle, macon, and judging by your typing skills, you lack the physical ablility to ever learn to clog, but are those really good reasons to despise Rundle so?

Are you just jealous because he had the courage to come out of the closet?

shanefivedyes 12 years, 2 months ago

Bozo, If your half as smart as you think you are, I think you can figure out what macon 47 is trying to say. Why is it when you disagree with someone you make personal attacks ie. race, grammer, spelling?

cowboy 12 years, 2 months ago

If you do business withy the city the incompetence , arrogance , shows itself immediately. The man at the top hires and promotes this collection of manager wannabes.

either clean the top or the middle , cuz its broke !

scary_manilow 12 years, 2 months ago

It matters not. If the Commission gives him a bad review, he'll just have their homes bulldozed.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 2 months ago


It's the developers that control what's going on in this town. That's where the extreme pressure comes from so far as city staff are concerned.

katsrkool 12 years, 2 months ago

How can you fire a guy who recently got an award for his accomplishments?

Mike Rundle has been a thorn in Mike's side since Mike has become city manager. Rundle should sit down and shut up.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 2 months ago

There will be details that us street people do not have access to and should not when it comes to matters of human resources. Personally I found Mike to be congenial but on the big picture I have no need to know. Tomorrow, Friday, or next week will be soon enough for me. Life will go on until....

If something is coming down it would be respectful if the media would step back and give the Wildgen family some space.

Amandak 12 years, 2 months ago

Highberger and Rundle having any sort of say in the performance of a professional city manager is downright ridiculous! I'd rather have Shaggy and Scooby deciding Wildgen's fate. Oh, Wait! They are! Hell, throw those two roasters a Scooby Snack--hopefully that will enable the rest of the commission to come to a rational, informed decision without their ignorant input!

Keep Wildgen--Oust Rundle and Boog!!!!

samsnewplace 12 years, 2 months ago

If "riverrat2" he does such an excellent job, why is it taking them three days + for evaluation....take the blinders off and look!

lunacydetector 12 years, 2 months ago

i sure hope he doesn't follow in the footsteps of the planning director. then you might as well kiss this town goodbye.

imagine if the hippies completely controlled every facet of our city. God help us all if that happens.

riverrat2 12 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Wildgen does an excellent job. He knows what needs to be done in this city but he doesn't have a magic wand. There are a lot of politicians that make his job even more difficult. Hopefully they're just deadlocked on his pay raise.

pelliott 12 years, 2 months ago

It shouldn't be a popularity contest, it is the comissioners job to not only evaluate but guide the manager. Management success often goes in cycles. I am certainly unhappy about some of the city offices. They have been closing down in communication and the departments seem unable, prehaps not allowed to work together. You don't think Wildgen should be led by elected officials, hell they were elected to do just that. Laugh about being sent from one office to the next with poor communication. They sent one lady from the development office, to public works, then to the end of the mall, then back to development office then back to the neighborhood off in the mall again. One helpful phone call to the office would have saved her journey. The final answer was for her to get a letter sent to her from the development office and then to bring the letter in to the neighborhood office. Sanitation is so downhill from ten years agoe, top heavy, some hard working guys and many bozos running the place. They load up their budget with overtime rather than change anything. IF we don't want to lose a fairly efficient city, it is time for a shake up in operations. Managers usually work better prodded by bosses. The tail should wag the dog.

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