SAVE TAXPAYER $$ VOTE YES FOR THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ON NOVEMBER 4TH
Dear fellow Citizen:
The responsibilities of the mayor are too broad and too demanding for one person and leave little time for appropriate strategic planning and promotion of the City. For this reason and others, the bi-partisan Charter Revision Committee recommended that Bristol adopt the management position of a Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“What exactly is this COO position?”
Allow us to spell out clearly: 1) the role of the COO and, 2) how the position would be implemented in Bristol. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information, share it with your friends and encourage them to vote YES to question #5 on the ballot on Nov. 4th.
What is the role of the COO?
This trained professional will coordinate and supervise the appointed officers of the City (department heads), relieving the Mayor of these responsibilities, and assure that these officers administer City resources effectively and efficiently. The COO will:
• Supervise and evaluate direct reports.
• Communicate with the mayor and council about the affairs of the city and make recommendations relating to the interest of the city.
• Provide strategic planning and coordination among city departments to implement the budget and policies and procedures of the city.
• Provide leadership and direction to all officers and employees of the city to develop and implement city budgets, customer service and personnel initiatives, technology initiatives, grant activity, and other matters.
• Develop and administer programs to address citizen inquiries and complaints.
• Aid in recruiting and developing qualified candidates for appointment to city boards, commissions and other appointed offices.
• Attend all city council, board of finance, and other meetings as required.
How do we hire a COO and what are the qualifications to be COO?
• The mayor nominates and the city council appoints a COO hiring committee which conducts a search and recommends a candidate for the position.
• The COO hiring committee consists of five members: the Mayor (or designee), one member of council, the board of finance chairman (or designee), and two electors from the City, neither of which may be City employees or from the same political party.
• The COO hiring committee makes its recommendations to the mayor. The COO is nominated by the mayor and appointed by the city council. The COO is appointed for a term of four years.
• The successful candidate holds at least a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field (preferably a master’s degree) and has at least four years experience as a City Manager or equivalent. Further, preference is given to a candidate with: experience in administration, supervision, strategic planning, budget preparation, team building and negotiation skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills, strong verbal, written, and analytical skills.
• The successful candidate must become a resident of the City of Bristol within six months after appointment and maintain residency during the term of office.
• At the end of the COO’s term, or at any other time, the COO may be removed by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the city council.
-Ken Johnson & Craig Yarde
Paid for by Choose COO, Gary M. Schaffrick, Treasurer
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