David Melson

Who should run Shelbyville?

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007, at 8:51 AM
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  • The mayor does have some powers, including breaking ties in the City Council. And the mayor does serve as the public face of the community, which helps play a role in things like industrial recruitment. I actually think there's some value in separating that political role from the administrative role filled by the full-time city manager.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Sep 4, 2007, at 11:30 PM
  • Yes, but the city manager should be elected just like the rest of the officials...

    B/c you get into accusations of favoritism and biased recruitment and/or decruitment of businesses...

    I am not saying those are always fair accusations, but atleast this way, the defense could be, "The city elected him/her to office."

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 6:50 PM
  • I have lived here off and on most of my life and did not know we even had a County Mayor until the last election. Has Shelbyville always had a county mayor?

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 8:30 PM
  • Yes and no.

    The title "county mayor" is relatively new. For 15-20 years or so the same position was known as "county executive" and, for generations before that, "county judge."

    -- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 10:42 PM
  • Who should run? Me... Bananas are cheap.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 10:29 AM
  • HAHA... Evil Monkey. Get back in your closet! lol!!!!

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 9:39 PM
  • I feel an uneasy sense when I see the city manager too often in the paper. From what I gather, our current manager wants to run every department. Then why have dept. heads for them? Let's release them and let him do it all. Maybe he can find some place to put a road sign up he hasn't missed yet.

    -- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 10:06 PM
  • Exactly... That's a good analogy.

    City Manager, should try to co-exist with other divisions of city government, rather than assuming control over a majority of the processes.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Sep 9, 2007, at 2:50 PM
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