Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TACOMA: Elect person who runs the city

Letter by André M. Peñalver, Puyallup on Nov. 26, 2010 at 10:57 am with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. klthompson says:

    I was born in Tacoma and lived there until after the City Manager form of government structure was established. I well remember the corruption the commision form of government delivered in the early nineteen fifties and the reason to shift to the city manager form of management. Having said that, I think for the sitting City Manager to accept the salary raise offerred is a tactical mistake that will not serve him well. It is really not going help his economic wellbeing that much and will certainly piss off many of his supporters. Seems like a dumb decision.

  2. I agree that the Manger and County Coucil should for go their resent raises, but would like to point out that the union is being asked to for go 2.5% cost living raisies in 2010 and 2011.

  3. Here is a wild and crazy idea, put the manager’s, department heads, and other administrators on a performance based merit system similar to the one being proposed for public school teachers.

  4. Works for me. It can mirror the private sector.

  5. A question for Roll_On

    Are you talking about the private sector system that awarded billions of dollars of bonuses to wall street managers for actions that would have bankrupted their companies if the government hadn’t bailed them out? The system that gave the ex-CEO of GM 20 million retirement after he drove the company into bankruptcy?

    I’d say we need a better model than that.

  6. eagle_beak says:

    right on Mr. Penalver! accountability is what is needed and that is the way to get it. plus, should there not be a cap on these people’s salaries? they are insane.

    God bless America and help us keep our country free!

  7. A response for jimlj

    Yes, that is EXACTLY what I was talking about…..

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0