Businessman Craig Yarde sent this along:
It looks like a classic fight. The taxpayers who are looking for more efficiency and cost containment in our city government and the union looking not to change the status quo. The unions biggest argument is the cost of hiring another couple of positions (COO and assistant) working underneath the mayor to perform the duties that aren't currently being managed. I will personally state my reputation ( for what that is worth), that this new COO position will pay for itself in spades. I don't want to list the areas where we can achieve cost savings, so as not to offend anyone that works for the city. I personally believe they are all acting in the best interest of the city and we have some fine ladies and gentleman trying everyday to contribute. This community will be facing the most terrible conditions in our history in the next five years. We need someone with the expertise of a Chief Operating Officer to help guide us to the future.
Hiring a few more assistants under the mayor will not provide the management experience necessary to promote efficiency and promote change.
Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish. Sometimes you have to spend a little bit more to get the results that are necessary. I sincerely hope the citizens of Bristol believe as I do. If I can demonstrate the cost savings, would they support the COO position.
What else are they concerned with if the cost is not a problem. The mayor is still the boss and the COO would never undermine his leadership but we desperately need to manage our business. The COO managing twenty one direct reports is not a easy task but it's better than no management at all.
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