The last 48 hours have been difficult to navigate, both politically and personally. On the one hand, the proposed contract extension for our city manager is something I strongly believe was in the best interest of the taxpayers. On the other hand, the taxpayers by-and-large didn’t agree.
Many of the comments were, as I see it, short-sighted. But I don’t believe they were off-base. I just have a different perspective. And that brings me to the question I have wrestled with since the day I was elected. Is it my job to support popular measures, or go with what I believe is right, even if most disagree? There’s no easy answer.
I want to thank those who spoke out against the contract. It was difficult to stomach, but nonetheless I appreciate feedback from our citizens. From day one I have tried to be as transparent and communicative as possible in my role on city council. That means I must embrace criticism. I have learned a great deal from this and will incorporate those lessons into how I lead moving forward.
We will go back to the drawing board with the contract. I know there are many perspectives on what that contract should include. You are welcome to share them as you have been all week.
Again, thank you for participating in our government. We are all fighting for the same thing – a beautiful and prosperous city. And that means we’re on the same team.