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[Governor's Office] Governor Announces New City Manager

Post by Allegra » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:59 pm

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Governor Announces New City Manager


Following the recent resignation of Mayor Valentina Richardson, the Governor's Office has announced that Susan Licther and Samuel Birch are to be appointed City Manager and Deputy City Manager respectively.

These roles, which have existed in the past to serve as an interim Mayor in between elections, are to become a permanent fixture in our city government hierarchy.

Ms Licther and Mr Birch, who have been hand-picked for the job by Governor Isley, will manage the day to day operations of the city's core departments. This includes Licensing, Public Works, Transportation and Public Relations.

"This change will ensure that our City Government remains stable even if the Mayor is absent," comments Governor Isley, "too many times have we seen the employees at City Hall suffer because of the ever-changing and unpredictable leadership. These new, permanent positions aim to change that."

Although the Mayor, once elected, will technically still oversee the City Government and may propose internal changes, the CM, DCM and Department Directors must confer and agree that such actions are for the benefit of the government and its citizens. If there are any discrepancies, then the Mayor’s Office and City Manager will work together to find a suitable compromise.

Governor Isley explains: “City employees have, in the past, expressed serious concern over the stability of the organisation and the security of their jobs during a Mayoral administration change. This change will ensure that no rash decisions are made without proper procedure and consideration.”

“The new positions require individuals who are skilled negotiators, calm and objective and who are focused on co-operation. This is because we really want to ensure that the CM and DCM will do everything in their power to work in tandem with newly-elect Mayors wherever possible.”

Susan Licther, who has herself been a Mayor in the past, has remained a member of the City Government in various roles and across a range of different Mayoral administrations. Samuel Birch, another staunch member of the City Government, previously assumed the role of Chief of Staff under Ex-Mayor Valentina Richardson.

"I am confident that Ms Licther and Mr Birch will do a fine job in their new roles, and will work to establish stability, reliability and order." concludes Governor Isley.

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