Threw a party, few came

By:  Diane Benjamin

Yesterday a Meet and Greet was held for the three remaining Bloomington City Manager candidates.  The paper failed to report a crowd was expected but didn’t show up.  The below is from reports by two people who did attend.  Citizens can vote for their choice at a link below.

People who did attend:

Six reporters, various City staff, 6 of 9 Aldermen (Sage, Painter absent), Tari, Jesse Smart, Kathleen Lorenz (Normal Trustee), the usual downtown supporters, 3 regular watchdogs for a total of  around 50.  Two hundred were expected.  Cookies and drinks were provided, but few were consumed.

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Tari did an introduction followed by Q & A.  6 people asked questions.
   1. About integrity
   2. About involving the community in decision making
   3. About micro-managing
   4. About efficiency in government—it was stated that there are currently 750 employees
   5. About honest communication—reflection on Hales??
   6. About use of local talent rather than outside consultants
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—All of the Candidates were articulate
—Mr. Rassmussen was the most impressive.
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The candidates at a glance:
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Opinion:  There is no doubt in my mind that Steve is the best choice for the position at this time. The gentleman from Decatur reminds me too much of Hales.  Decatur is swimming in debt with declining revenue and he pushes for multimillion dollar bonding for infrastructure. The gentleman from Washington presented himself well but lacks experience in managing a large community.  Perhaps he could be brought on as Assistant Manager or re-apply when Steve retires.
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Steve has shown his leadership skills during his tenure. He can’t be blamed for the financial mess Hales left behind and what the Council has voted on.
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Voting by the public at:
VOTE!!

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My notes based on research:

Bloomington already has a spending problem, Tim Gleason hasn’t proven he can balance a budget.

Jim Culotta doesn’t have the experience to manage a much larger budget for a City with MANY more people.

The Decatur City Manager was the City Manager in Washington.  It’s a small, small world.

All three candidates are working in Illinois!  I wonder if no candidates applied from successful states with successful cities.

The Council in Joliet wasn’t told about Hales involvement with the Coliseum prosecution before they hired him.  What doesn’t Bloomington’s Council know about the other candidates?  They know Steve, I wonder who was behind looking for somebody else.  The rumor is Tari.

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Comments

  1. @tweetiebird says:

    The Pantagraph reports none of this. They give glowing evaluations of the outside candidates and say very little of Rassmussen’s accomplishment of trying to fill a multimillion dollar budget gap. Steve has been working in Hales’ shadow—under Hales’ thumb—since 2014. It is only since November—7 months—that Steve has been in the position of Manager. He continues to function as Assistant Manager as well.
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  2. mittenpaws says:

    What time was this party held? How well was it advertised or was it by invitation only? There are several involved citizens who were not aware. The Mayor and Council can now claim that the citizens chose the manager. BS!!

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  3. Steve has my vote. I believe he’s done a good job, and will continue to do so.
    The other two, I have issues with, which were mentioned above.

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  4. old stanky says:

    @mittenpaws – that’s right plebs, stay over time and make more taxes, we the city government needs more tax money from you,,,we’ll figure how to spend your money,,,move along now, Tari.

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  5. A little bird from Decatur told me the Decatur guy is horrendous – I told her he will likely be a shoo-in here then.

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  1. […] Rasmussen forced the Council to make decisions for themselves – he provided options.  Guess the Council couldn’t take the stress.  Guess they didn’t care about Gleason’s budget that doesn’t balance of taking a police car to St Louis or the SEVEN TIF districts.    https://blnnews.com/2018/06/06/threw-a-party-few-came/ […]

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