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Lodi City Council will decide when to get public involved with city manager search

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Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:00 am

As the city gears up to search for a new city manager to replace Blair King, the Lodi City Council will be faced with the question of when and how the public becomes involved in the process.

In some cities, the names of the candidates applying are protected and the search is held behind closed doors. But in other cities, the names of the finalists are released so the candidates can undergo public evaluation.

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  • posted at 8:16 am on Sun, Apr 25, 2010.


    Pressure... I believe that the current Deputy City Manager came from Sacramento County, not the City of Sacramento.

  • posted at 6:41 am on Sun, Apr 25, 2010.


    I do not believe any city would terminate a good city manager simply because that manager applied for a position at another city.On the other hand, I believe a city who's manager is not doing a good job may fire him or her. Those managers who are not performing well, will want to keep their job search confidential.I realize confidential job searches are the norm, however, I think the city manager position is unique because there is only one per city. I trust our city leaders will scrutinize those applicants that insist on confidentiality. Hopefully, they will choose one that will serve loyally and honestly.

  • posted at 5:28 pm on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    That deputy city manager< I believe, came from the city of Sacramento and was hired right around the time the Sacramento public works and city management and building inspectors were embroiled in the water meter scandal and alleged taking of bribes from developers and builders. Just what made him decide to suddenly come to Lodi from a better paying cush Sacramento job? That's why all applicants should be named to give the voters the right to express their opinions and research their reasons for applying and their previous backgrounds. Or is Lodi afraid that if someone called these job prospects out for some past misdeeds or corruption and they were true, that this scenario would expose a crook for what they really are?

  • posted at 4:34 pm on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    Why wouldn't the highly compensated "Deputy City Manager" be considered for the job? It seems the title infers the Deputy position backs up the City Manager position that is why Mr. King gave him such a sweet contract. If this is not the case, the title should be changed to assistant and the contract terminated.This position was created by Mr. King. Mr. King quit. Do we have to live with this contract forever?Do all City staff have contracts?

  • posted at 11:23 am on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    I don't understand why a firm has to be hired. It should be like any other public city official. If you want to 'run' for the position you put in your intent along with anyone else and coming voting time the citizens should vote and choose. And I believe it should be someone who is a Lodi resident. Why is there a big secret? Why does the current council get to decide who we get to choose from. Do they need the time to see if the current council can brainwash them first?

  • posted at 11:16 am on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    Why is the biggest hypocrite on council, Larry Hansen, seem to be making all the interviews and seemingly the decision maker? What's wrong with Mayor Katzakian? Does he decline interviews or do you just bypass him for his lack of intelligence or knowledge?

  • posted at 11:00 am on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    Why does the city need to pay $20-$40,000 to hire a firm to find someone to fill this position? Doesn't the city already have a Human Resources dept? That would be their job, that THEY are paid for doing!

  • posted at 5:26 am on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    Can we assume that we will see the name"t jefferson" on the ballot in Nov?

  • posted at 2:35 am on Sat, Apr 24, 2010.


    Who cares....they will find some incompetent person from a small city like wheatland...bring them in pay them too much money and then they will leave in 3-5 years after messing things up...par for the course.Ever wonder why this country is in trouble...it starts at the local level with the elected official...is there a competent person on the council?



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