Business as usual seems to have taken place again.
We hire a city manager to help turn the city around and before he is given a chance he is fired! Are we so afraid of change (change that is NEEDED) that we can't see the light?
How many managers have we had in the past 15 years? Is it just another feather in Sunnyside's cap to have more managers than the average city?
The last city manager left Mr. Swansen with a job only Superman could handle, and in my opinion he has done a super job to date.
When a city council member was asked how many reviews were given to Mr. Swansen, I was told this was the first. So let me get this straight...SOME city council members are not satisfied with Mr. Swansen's "communication skills," so let's give him a review tonight and then fire him tonight! And let's do it while we have the majority vote in town. Let's not give him a chance to do the changes that we feel he needs to do, and then give him another review like any astute business person would do...let's just fire him! It will only cost the city six months pay, and the fallout will give the city some publicity (all the wrong kind).
In my opinion, some members of city council should be recalled for their lack of professionalism in dealing with the city manager, and I include their vote to go into the housing business, against the city manager's and city staff recommendations, as part of their lack of professionalism.
Not listening to a professional city manager and doing as you like (especially now) is much like needing surgery and telling the surgeon how to do it.
Just one person's opinion!
/s/ Jon Nelson, Owner, The Heights on Harrison Hill, Sunnyside