I have found it interesting that Mr. Don Vlieger is having so much trouble working with Sunnyside City Manager Jim Bridges. There are seven members of the city council and five of those members have been working with him for awhile, and as far as I know they have not expressed having a problem working with him.
I also do not see Mr. Vlieger being on the council for only two weeks as being a good faith effort in regards to working with Mr. Bridges. The previous council worked with City Manager Robert Stockwell for almost two years, and with City Manager Eric Swansen almost nine months, and they took a lot of flack from Mr. Vlieger's supporters when things did not work out with Mr. Swansen. Some of it was not very nice.
When Mr. Swansen was removed as city manager and the city attorney and financial director resigned, I did not see it so much as chaos, rather as an opportunity to reassess. Every so often things need to be looked at and brought up to date.
Several times the city council has been advised they need a personnel policy handbook, which is being looked at. Job descriptions, basic requirements and pay scales are part of creating greater transparency. The city has grown and so has it needs.
There are seven members of council and four members represent four districts. No one district should be considered more important. This is going to take some adjusting because previously all seven council seats were at-large positions.
/s/ Carol Peterson, Sunnyside