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Grand Terrace search for a new city manager is included in the current issue. Of note 2 city employees applied for the City Manager position even after knowing that the Council has stated to the public that they will not consider people currently employed by the city. Of course no one currently employed by the city has 5 years experience as the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager. Clearly when the job search was opened it was written to only include Schwab and Berry and perhaps a token applicant with such a high bar of work history being set.
No one in the City's employ has that required title history. So even if they are capable they do not meet one of the basic criteria for the application process. Not to hire from within the city staff indicates that there are still internal issues that may arise and a period of self atonement may be needed by staff that allowed the past transgressions to be held as management munitions. Tom Schwab and Steve Berry did not act in a vacuum, their transgressions in style and acts were aided by other city employees in that disclosures to the Citizens who should OWN their City Government, and or the City Council were kept uniformed about critical issues, including criminal investigations of the Assistant City Manager Steve Berry.
Stepping in as City Manager of Grand Terrace may be a difficult task with Department Managers who feel they should have gotten the job. The employed applicants should be asked to evaluate if they are willing to work and work for the citizens if they are not selected as the City Manager. If not they should be encouraged to look for a job with another city who may be able to offer them a job title advancement that Grand Terrace can not do for years to come.