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Rob Lechner appointed Lodi's business development manager

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:00 am

Rob Lechner has been appointed the city of Lodi's new business development manager, charged with retaining jobs and attracting new ones to the community.

Lechner in recent years served as a manager in the city of Lodi Electric Utility department. The business development position has been vacant since 2004, but city leaders feel it is essential to the city's future economic health.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:43 am on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "woo possible suitors"?

    Isn't "suitor" the very definition of one who woos?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:23 am on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Isn't the Lodi chamber of commerce doing anything but promoting wines to China? Just another tush job in Lodi with the economy still struggling and another money gobbling good ol' boy job. With a manager and asst. manager and the business climate still dead, why does Lodi even need an assistant manager? Just what are his full time duties? And what keeps the city manager so busy in these slack times? The downtown is full of wine rooms, bars and restaurants that pay minimum wage seemingly only to keep the wallets full for the good ol' boys who own those downtown buildings and use the enterprise designation to garner their up to $37,000 tax break for hiring friends or employees, maybe even some themselves. Just what will this "new" position do that the local chamber commerce and its membership can't do. The problem with Lodi is that they still pander to their own close knit group and those personnel who have the real desire and capabilities are passed over for the cush jobs to appoint their own favorites. I can name three candidates at city hall right now that should have been appointed to this position. With all of Mr. Lechner's experience at Lodi electric, some rumored not so pleasant, why would you take a valuable, knowledgeable and well experienced employee like him and remove him from the most important revenue source division, Lodi electric. If anything you should have removed the dysfunctional, money grabbing NCPA, who seem to have proven in the past that their organization is only there to make money from its clients in any way they can, by hook or by crook. Maybe with them out of the way, Lodians could see themselves enjoying nine or ten cent kwh, instead of nearly 23kwh, rumored to be the highest in the country.



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