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What are the best qualities that a city manager should have?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 22, 2006

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“Understanding what the people want. It’s true everywhere.”

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“He or she’d have to be able to take care of begonia plants. It means he or she is nurturing and that he or she cares about the environment, and I think Lawrence should be a green-friendly place.”

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lunacydetector 7 years, 9 months ago

What are the best qualities that a city manager should have?

according to the city commission's mission statement, i guess he or she would have to be a sociopath?

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Godot 7 years, 9 months ago

merrill wrote: "Be one who understands the need for the city to cut back on energy use in city owned buildings and city owned vehicles which may mean giving up large vehicles"

I agree. Sell the T.

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Ken Miller 7 years, 9 months ago

A personality. So they don't come off as a stiff SOB that everyone hates.

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justsomewench 7 years, 9 months ago

Pay no attention to the three men behind the curtain.

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justsomewench 7 years, 9 months ago

Kearney, immediately, you made me think of the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz ... or Ted Kennedy. either may be appropriately delusional.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, Kearney, I think that this guy meets your requirements:

http://media.ljworld.com/6newslawrence/img/onthestreet/2004/08/01/mos-lynn-marion-801.jpg

If nominated, I will not run.

If elected, I will not serve.

Thanks.

Marion.

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Kearney 7 years, 9 months ago

What are the best qualities that a city manager should have? Is that the question?

Hmmm..........I don't know.....Maybe a nice, thick head of wavy salt and pepper hair? You know, kinda like the way movie star Richard Gere looked back in the late 80's/early 1990's when he was with supermodel Cindy Crawford.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 9 months ago

I can grow begonias! See, this should be sueville and it should be my dictatorship!

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, we need someone who can take care of begonias. That way if the city manager gig doesn't work out, s/he can get a job with a local landscaping outfit.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Practical and pragmatic.

Be one who understands the need for the city to cut back on energy use in city owned buildings and city owned vehicles which may mean giving up large vehicles for city staff. It's a matter of environmental and economic concerns.

The city should also be a leader in reducing toxic run off by moving towards more environmental friendly means of maintaining all city owned landscapes

It's the city who plans the growth decisions not the real estate/developing community. The city should be in absolute control of the pace in which we grow. Investors can buy all the land they want however the city should determine when it's in the best interest of the city to develope a piece of property. Perhaps then property taxes will begin to fall in line with normal cost of living increases.

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