Why take chances when you know that at the end of your career there is a million or so dollars in CalPERS money waiting for you? No point in sticking your neck out and doing the job you're being paid to do when you can hire consultants to keep yourself and that golden caboodle safe.
Here is how the "City Manager Hiring Process" was announced in this month's City Manager's Report, which can be enjoyed in its entirety by clicking here.
As an aside, I am not really sure Elaine's retirement can be described as having been a rumor. Just because the people of Sierra Madre got this news before City Hall deemed it appropriate doesn't make it speculation or loose talk. If anything, people got their information from a far more trustworthy source, and sooner.
Here is the stupid money spending part of all this, taken from an Agenda Report lovingly created for the City Council's anticipated informational needs at this Tuesday evening's assembly (link).
Now you would think that those folks working down at City Hall would have a pretty good idea of what the area's available City Manager talent pool might be. Certainly they must be on the phone every day planning and plotting with their colleagues all over the County of Los Angeles. They'd have to have plenty of contacts everywhere, right?
I'd sure hope so. That would mean they are doing their jobs properly.
You know what their real reason for hiring a consultant is, right? It is to legitimize a choice the city's permanent government has already made. They are going to hire Bradbury City Manager Michelle Keith. This is a done deal as far as the Bart Doyle crowd is concerned.
But these folks wouldn't want you to think that any fixes are in. Rather they would hope you'd be empty-headed enough to believe that City Hall will make an exhaustive and painstaking search for the perfect candidate for the City Manager gig, and only after turning over every rock and knocking on all the doors did they come to their decision to hire Ms. Keith.
For them it is worth spending the $25,000 of your money to hire a consultant. Doing so will help to create the illusion that a thorough City Manager search had been conducted.
When in reality the city never had any intention of doing such a thing. They already knew who they were going to hire all along.
The Mountain Views News perhaps disagrees?
It just might be that the MVN is not on board with The Tattler's Michelle Keith call. And they indicated so by publishing - and on the front page of this weekend's edition no less - a picture of the retiring City Manager with the person who will be her successor.
Or so that appears to be the message. And you know what? For the first time in recent memory I actually hope Susan Henderson is right.