Look, when they hired him, they told him that we were sitting on a half a billion dollars of Quality of Life bond projects, and we needed someone to manage it.
Don’t you think that was a turn on for Tommy G?
Then he hired some cracker jack department managers. Those department managers don’t have an idea that doesn’t cost a million dollars, at least.
And Tommy G is focused on winning management trophies. I haven’t been able to find the criteria for that Baldridge Award, but it’s a truism in business that what you measure is what improves. So obviously the Baldridge Award doesn’t take into account Economic Development, or citizens’ tax burden.
And City Staff can go back to telling us that the bond measures passed, even if the bond promoters lied to us from Day One.
It all goes back to Joyce. And Joyce had her own agenda, which didn’t have a lot to do with what was good for El Pasoans.
Remember, when they pitched the City Manager position to us, they said a City Manager would provide “continuity” as elected officials came and went.
I guess that’s great, if we’re headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, we left that path a long time ago.
But elected officials aren’t the only things that change. Circumstances change, too.
And if we’re not getting the results that were promised to us, we need to change course.
Unfortunately, our elected officials aren’t strong enough or smart enough to push back against the City Manager and his cracker jack staff. Our elected officials just try to justify City Staff’s arbitrary, ham-handed, decisions.
We’re in a ditch, and our elected officials aren’t interested in or capable of fixing it.