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TACOMA: City doesn’t need a shooting star

Letter by Susan A. Kunkel, Tacoma on Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:21 am with 12 Comments »
December 21, 2011 12:00 pm

Re: “San Antonio official is Tacoma’s next city manager” (TNT, 12-21).

The article suggests that at least one Tacoma City Council member supported T.C. Broadnax for Tacoma city manager because he wouldn’t consider Tacoma a “last stop.”

Does anyone remember the series of rising stars that were chosen for Tacoma school superintendent? They left for better positions after creating a stir and without much of an impact here in Tacoma.

I’d take Andrew Neiditz over most anyone. He’s passionate and knowledgeable about Tacoma and intends to make this his home for many years to come. Shooting stars are more dramatic but fleeting. We need a glowing, solid sun who shines warmly and sustains us.

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  1. igotdabombfool says:

    We don’t need more people that are knowledgeable about Tacoma. We need somebody to come in and change the way business is being done.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    I fear that they have hired another PC demographic, as opposed to a local that knows the area and politics.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    I truly hope I’m wrong.

  4. took14theteam says:

    BHO syndrome. Guilt causes a lot of problems…

    If no one in this state or county is qualified to manage Tacoma, or other cities, what does that say about this state?

  5. Taildragrrr says:

    Firemen and policemen laid off, fire stations closing, yet there seems to be plenty of cash to move executives across the country. Hmmmmm

  6. GeronimoV says:

    Out-of-state hiring of people with no connection to the community is a proven recipe for disaster. Just because they couldn’t hold their job somewhere else doesn’t mean they’ve got anything constructive to offer here.

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    “We need a glowing, solid sun who shines warmly and sustains us”

    Is this line a joke? We hiring a manager or salvation? Go to a church, temple, mosque, etc for religion.

    A city is a business. Before we close our doors in the name of nepotism, let’s evaluate who is best for T- town

  8. HistoryFan says:

    I was for Andy to be our next City Manager but T.C. got the majority vote. I am willing to see what this gentleman has to offer us. Hopefully he will have workable soluntions to what our great city needs. I will pray for him as he and we will need it.

  9. harleyrider1 says:

    Susan,
    As the Financial Technical Support director (IT) for the City of Tacoma, you should be more interested in finding out how your group advised the Council to keep spending when there was, in fact, no money.

    I am happy the Council did not select the boss you wanted.

    Maybe the public will be kept appraised of how much money comes in each month and how much goes out. Maybe this city manager will spend what we actually have in terms of cash on hand, not what we hope Aunt Sally will leave in her will in a month or two.

    And maybe the highly paid Finance Department of this City will get their numbers lined up so we actually will have a savings account for a rainy day?

  10. B-G-C – Puyallup School District hired locally and got one of the poorest Superintends in Washington history.

    Why not bring the new man in on a 2 year provisional contract at his current salary.

  11. BlaineCGarver says:

    Xring…..Sure. I hope he’s good at what he does. IMO, all two cents worth, I don’t understand why a Mayor isn’t good enough. THEN, you tie the manager’s hands by haveing to kiss the counsel’s collective butt to do anything….little wonder that benign dictatorships seem to work better (somewhat joking)

  12. B-G-C – with no mayor who would authorize the Manager’s pay raises?

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