The Puyallup City Council should reconsider the decision to let City Manager Ralph Dannenberg go.
Dannenberg is a huge asset to the City of Puyallup. His work on budget and planning issues has helped to steer our city through a very difficult time. He is a man of enormous integrity and is a constant, calming force amid a contentious time in city government. Even in instances of great friction between the City Council and community members, Dannenberg has been respected by all. Even this current council has praised his work. This sudden “change of direction” leaves the impression that council members’ support of city staff is subject to change at the first instance of discontent. Such rash decision-making does not make for good and effective government.
This council has the power to correct this error. The council should show us that it can put aside personal issues and act in the best interest of the citizens of Puyallup. For the good of our city, it should do so immediately.