- Pfiefer gets a six (6) month pay severance, no matter if he was terminated or resigned or in which month the termination or resignation occurred. You can request or research his annual salary. That should be a matter of public record as is for we edumacation folks. Not bad at all. I don't think your average "working stiff" like us gets that type of financial pad when the boss is contemplating termination. Nicely negotiated Pfiefer...
- The Interim City Manager will be Todd Fuller. I don't know him. I'm assuming he has done the detail management while Pfiefer delegated those responsibilities out. Delegation is good. I hope Mr. Fuller has his old waist boots laying around so he doesn't step in the bullcrap. It's gonna' get deep and stank as the search process goes on. Hopefully this Council will allow the HR Director to do his job bringing the best possible candidates without direct "diddlin'". I've been accused of being Ben Goodwyn's lackey; but Ben, Casey and Eric MUST stay out of the process. Anything less won't pass the "smell test".
- I know three of the five citizens that will be named to the City Manager search committee. I also understand the process that put them on the committee and it didn't include many of you. Here's my "first blush" on the issue:
I'll say this before it gets said and will suffer the "slings and arrows" from all concerned for saying it...I don't always agree with Casey and Ben and this is one of those times. The firing of the City Manager on Tuesday was an abject example of the "rough and tumble" atmosphere currently prevailing in local politics. I support a transparent process but am uneasy about the outcome longer-term. Will we get the person of vision we desperately need to bring business to Red Oak and relieve some of the tax burden from the individual homeowner; or, will we get an extension of the current power base on the Council; operating in a vacuum because of the events on Tuesday night? Color me naive but it seems as if the "history" been already written...as usual...by the winners. I don't have to like it, that's how it is right? "Reality check Steve"..."Duh....what did you expect? You supported these guys. " Yeah, but I'm definitely not married to any of them politically. I call it like I see it and on this one I'm a little put off. Bottom line, they should have waited, opened the process to citizens to show interest in working on the committee and built a committee that actually represented a good cross-section of our communities. Instead, this decision has continued to exacerbate the major issue of non-transparency in local political processes.
Patronage has its place in the political process and is a longstanding benefit for those that support winning candidates and support positions held by those candidates. I'm concerned that several Council members have already given those positions to those persons that supported them through "thick and thin". One rewards exceptional work performance with bonuses, promotion, titles, and incentives. That is as it should be. I'm a little distressed that the committee positions were not opened to the public. Again, my political naivete is showing...pardon me for having my knickers in a small knot. It is NOT sour grapes on my part. My professional life is extremely hectic. I do not want to serve on the search committee nor have I been asked.
I do want Ben, Casey and Eric to be on notice that exercising patronage is not always the best policy after extolling the virtues of "transparency and fairness in the public process arena". I won't use the word hypocritical yet; but it sorta' smells that way. Again..I'm in Ben's back pocket right? What could I possibly know? What the heck am I whining about? I got everything I wanted...hmmm...I wonder! There...I wrote it! I feel better now!
Your thoughts? Am I full of excrement on this? Possibly...my spouse tends to think so...that's why my eyes are SO brown. :<)