On Deadline: A long parade of city managers along bumpy roads
Original post made on Dec 12, 2007
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on Dec 12, 2007 at 3:31 pm
Frank Benest is a good man who trusted his chief deputy, his department heads and his fellow appointed officials to do the right thing far too often. Sadly, in the end some of them let him down badly.
on Dec 12, 2007 at 3:32 pm
Frank Benest played our city council like a violin, getting the most out of the taxpayers, while letting down the city badly.
on Dec 12, 2007 at 7:34 pm
Would that those who criticize Mr. Benest had to walk in his shoes - even for a little while.
We have a populace that is mostly happy with the way that government is run.
As for past City Councils, the only City Councils that get "played" are those that fail to coalesce into a strong policy-making unit. It's not a City Manager's fault is his overseers can't get it together.
Thus, in spite of having (until very recently) to deal with weak policy-making bodies, Mr. Benest accomplished a lot in spite of them.
I wish him well.