Protect West Linn with a 'no' vote
Greetings West Linn residents and voters.
Regarding the City Attorney position, there is a valid reason to vote No on Measures 3-3554 and 3-555. One absolute reason is that elected people come and go and have no city corporation faculty enterprises know-how. So it is positive to maintain and respect our charter's section 23A as it reads since from several decades past which served West Linn since it was created and prescribed (the words) by the first councilors.
Since I moved from New York City in 1958 to West Linn, as a voting resident never have I encountered such egotistic characters as the current trio of Mrs. Cummings, Mr. Sakelik and Mr. Relyea. Their personal opinions collide with their public duties as elected councilors. Mrs. Cummings might be a nice person, perhaps, however she doesn't understand the ramifications of city management and its businesses.
That said, I ask all voters: Let's save our charter as ascribed and protect the City from those councilor's personal goals.
Our city is formulated for a city manager oriented and established governance. Thus the city manager is responsible for hiring the staff needed to operate the city — this includes the permanent City Attorney position, all salaried positions and for any additional special attorneys for specific issues.
The City Manager works cohesively with elected councilors, who are like "changing guards", but unfortunately sometimes provide policies only to the city manager to incorporate with the daily workings of the city.
Make no mistake: the City Attorney is legally a city staffer/employee paid by us (the budget makers). Councilors can certainly hire their own attorney out of their pockets but they do not run the city civic operations. Councilor in their term represent citizens whereas the City of West Linn manager is the CEO. True, councilors and citizens' input makes the hiring of this position working out city's corporate government, therefore the city manager hires not only proficient expert employees and a city attorney for legal capabilities and affiliation.
Vote no to protect our city.
Alice Richmond is a longtime resident of West Linn.
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