By: Diane Benjamin
Nobody checked into why David Hales left Bend Oregon after only 2 years and all the records were sealed. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2013/09/17/who-is-city-manager-david-hales/
Obviously nobody in Joliet did any independent research of David Hales either since the Council had no idea 5 people were charged with 111 felony counts while he was in charge of City operations here.
The reason for both is because cities hire search firms to find their next City Manager for them. They just take to word of the search firm instead of doing any research themselves.
Supposedly the City Manager is the Council’s employee, but if you have ever watched a City Council meeting, the City manager steers the conversation where he wants it to go. Hales did the same thing with the Budget Task Force. No independent thought was allowed and nothing useful was produced.
Who steers the City Manager? See this 2013 email from Tari Renner. I redacted his email address because I’m not sure it’s one he uses anymore, the last line was redacted because it isn’t relevant. Click to enlarge if you can’t read it. It looks like the Mayor tells the City Manager what to do.
Steve Rasmussen is going to be the interim City Manager. At a recent meeting Hales declared Rasmussen was going to do the job Community Development since Tom Dabareiner was leaving. He’s either going to be very busy or somebody else will be covering until they find a replacement. No one has said why Tom left.
Repeating the pattern of not being capable of finding their own employee, the City has issued a Request For Proposal for an Executive Search firm to bid on finding the Real City Manager: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/494/
Normal is spending $20,000 with a search firm to find their next City Manager. https://blnnews.com/2017/09/04/normals-funnybusiness-tuesday/
Bloomington’s RFP means either they have no confidence in Rasmussen or a lot of money is going to be wasted looking for a better manager and they will pick Rasmussen anyway.
Here’s the announcement from the City website:
What’s a bona fide plan holder?
Only approved consultants get to bid? I sure don’t see an application to become a bona fide plan holder on the City website!
How would you feel if you were Steve Rasmussen?
I’d be looking for a different job where I was appreciated!