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TACOMA: Elect person who runs the city

Letter by André M. Peñalver, Puyallup on Nov. 26, 2010 at 10:57 am | 7 Comments »
November 26, 2010 2:02 pm

Re: “City manager should refuse raise” (letter, 11-25).

I completely agree with the writer that Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson should refuse his raise of $35,000. If he is looking for ways to cut the budget by $3 million, he might just have to settle for his current salary of $200,450. And if he does take a raise, he might want to settle for the 8 percent raise being offered to unionized employees rather than his own 17.4 percent raise. That is what a responsible civil servant should do.

The problem is that Tacoma’s city manager is not a public servant. He is a manager, an unelected employee who works for a wage. If Tacoma’s citizens seek public service, they should eliminate the position of city manager and hand those duties over to an elected mayor who holds himself to the standards of a public servant.

Until then, Tacoma ought to plan for more exorbitant raises.

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