Search for Ashland City Manager Needs Independence from Staff Involvement

Letter to Editor:
In May 2020 Ashland residents voted for a City Manager’s position to conduct the City’s operations and manage the $300+ million biennial budget. 
Selecting who will be Ashland’s City Manager is a critical issue that people should be paying attention to. The City Manager’s job will affect all of Ashland and for years to come. A top performing City Manager can potentially save Ashland millions of dollars … conversely a lower performing City Manager can possibly cost Ashland millions. Therefore the selection should be done carefully, appropriately and with transparency to the public. 
A consultant has been hired to seek applications for the position. The next step is crucial: the screening/selecting of applicants for further review by the City Council and Mayor. 
Who would be best to screen the applications obtained by the hired consultant? …the City’s Human Resources or an independent expert in the field? 
An example of the City’s Human Resources screening of job applicants is shown in the video “Who Selects?” found on website.(or at on YouTube) It involves the hiring of the new Senior Program Superintendent in 2018. The sworn testimonies describing this process were obtained during a 2019 civil lawsuit against the City of Ashland.  
Watch “Who Selects?” and then contact the City Council and Mayor, and your local media. Tell them what you think. 
Transparent, open, public discussions result in better decisions and strengthen communities. 

Ashland Citizen