Update: Blogging/Writing etiquette apparently is that unless it is an attributed direct quote than I should not use ” ” so I will drop them but the question still remains and I have asked the Manager for a response.
What is going on with those in charge lately. first we have the Tech School Supt. saying ‘I don’t work for the School Committee, I work for the district, I work for the commissioner of education,”
Now comes a report in today’s Sun that City Manager Bernie Lynch hasn’t followed up on a City Council vote to look to expand the License Commission because it was a council initiative, not an administration proposal.
Lynch acknowledged that he had not called members of the state delegation about the council-approved effort. The manager said he had not done so, because while he fully supports expanding the board, it was a council initiative, not an administration proposal.
In response, Kennedy said Lynch works for the council, so he should push council initiatives with the delegation. Beginning late last Friday, Kennedy said he was taking matters into his own hands and started reaching out to the state elected officials himself to explain why the board should be expanded.
WHAT?? Doesn’t the City Manager work FOR THE COUNCIL and isn’t he supposed to follow up on their motions?
Seems to be Performance based budgeting was a Council initiative that the Manager followed up on. Why not this? Could the fact that the councilor who proposed the motion is somewhat a Manager critic, especially when it comes to filling vacancies on this and other boards so the Manager chose to not follow it up?
This entire City Council including those supporters of the Manager should be appalled and enraged at that reply from the City Manager which basically says I don’t have to follow through on initiatives that aren’t mine.
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