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Life, Well Run—the job of a City Manager
Over the course of this last election I was approached by several residents who were curious about the City Manager retention vote. It’s no wonder they were curious as it is extremely unusual in the Council-Manager form of government to have the manager “up for election” so to speak. In fact, Greeley may be the only city in the nation to have this.
It all started over 40 years ago when some of Greeley’s residents raised the issue of removing the City Manager. As a result, the retention vote was enacted and the City Manager was not retained by voters.
In the years since then, every city manager has been retained by voters. However this runs counter to the Council-Manager structure because even if the voters retain a manager, the Council can still fire him at any time. I report directly to the Council and they can discipline or fire me as they see fit.
The fact that I was retained by both the Council (at my last annual evaluation) and then by residents is reassuring. But more than that, I am just very pleased to be able to continue my service to Greeley. This is truly my dream job.
There are resources out there to help everyone better understand local government, such as the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). This professional organization credentials managers, such as myself, to help assure that we have the skills to run a city. This is similar to CPA’s and other professionals. ICMA credentialing requires extensive training to be qualified to serve as a city government leader.
Recently, ICMA launched an informational campaign to explain city government and specifically the job of a city manager. The campaign is called “Life, Well Run.”
To learn more about city government and how it’s run, use the links above.
Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager
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