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Doral city manager search is an opportunity in good governance

 

Re the May 1 editorial, Doral can do better: The city of Doral is at a crossroads with an opportunity to change the pattern of poor governance that has taken place over the past 17 months.

Politicizing of the affairs of the city, from board appointments to the selection of vendors, isn’t good for proper governance. The necessity to move forward in an open and transparent way wherein the elected officials focus on public policy and do not get involved in the administrative process of the city’s day-to-day operations is critical for the morale of the fine men and women who work for the benefit of our community.

The dismissal of the city manager, regardless of the way it was conducted, provides an opportunity to start a new era of transparency and proper processes.

We propose that the new city manager should have a minimum of a four-year degree in public administration, have a minimum of five years of experience in a government administration management position and be a member of the International City/County Management Association and be governed by its ethics code.

A thorough background search should be conducted, and any candidate nominated must have no prior record including any settlements or convictions for ethical violations.

The City Council should retain a professional search firm not associated directly or indirectly with any council member, and that firm should conduct a timely and extensive search with the responsibility of interviewing the candidates and eventually recommending a list of three candidates to be presented to the council for comments and interviews.

The mayor, after interviewing the three finalists, shall select a name to proffer as his nominee to the city council as per the city charter.

As many citizens at the council meetings have publicly expressed, it is necessary to rebuild the credibility of our city. The manager selection process is a unique opportunity, if done properly and with the proper due diligence, to begin the road back to a true open and transparent government.

If the selection of the new city manager is done unilaterally, or with the input of only a few select council members following political interests as opposed to choosing a professional manager who shall manage our administration independently and free of political interests, we will be continuing along a path of degradation of our beloved city.

Daniel Buigas, executive director, Doral Community Coalition, Doral

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