Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oakland Press Editorial: Keep Troy city manager!

Janice Daniels, who prides herself on having had NO experience before coming to office, says she has lost her faith in the Troy city manager to do his job. Well, since she has no idea what he does (other than being in a snit that he allows staff to open her mail -- which they are supposed to do), I hardly think anyone should listen to her.
But her vicious attack on the city manager got the attention of L. Brooks Patterson, who quickly sided with the city manager, and the Oakland Press's editorial board which lays out why Troy should not let Mr. Szerlag go.
Their reactions to Janice Daniel's political mistep is just another sign that Janice must go.
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EDITORIAL
A vote against city manager would be a big loss for Troy
Published: Friday, March 09, 2012Troy Mayor Joyce Daniels has asked to meet with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Maybe that’s a good sign.
Daniels, we gather, wants to tell Patterson why she’s lost confidence in City Manager John Szerlag.
We don’t know if the meeting will take place, or indeed if it’s already occurred.
But it’s our expectation that Patterson, who has already made clear his support for the manager, may have a few useful things to say to the embattled mayor, who is threatened with a recall.
Daniels — who is certain of her views and not afraid to polarize her constituents — aroused controversy when her last summer’s Facebook rant against gay marriage was revealed. She did it again when she garnered enough votes on her seven-member Council to sink a transit center to be funded mostly from federal sources. That vote has since been reversed.
She did it yet again when she declared she had lost confidence in the city manager.
In a long letter, Daniels complained in part that the manager had failed to provide accurate costs of the transit project and that city hall employees had opened mail addressed to her.
Szerlag rejected the complaints, pointing out that mail to elected officials is routinely opened by employees unless the envelope is marked “personal” or “confidential.”
He added that Daniels had damaged his reputation.
In Szerlag’s defense, Patterson wrote that Szerlag “stands out as simply one of the best” city managers the executive has worked with in two decades.
“He is knowledgeable, trustworthy, responsive, and enjoys an excellent reputation not only within my administration, but within his peer group. A dispute between two individuals does not render one of them suddenly incompetent to perform their duties.”
Read more here.

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