Monday, September 12, 2016

Elaine Aguilar's Impending Retirement Will Present City Staff With Yet Another Opportunity To Hire A Consultant

I don't suspect anyone will be surprised by the possibility of such a thing happening. Hiring consultants is a great way for City Staff to avoid the worrisome prospect of having to take any real responsibility for an important decision. It is far safer to happily blow a big wad of the public tax trust, and then just sit back to take a little expert direction.

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.

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38 comments:

  1. In the past, Sierra Madre used an Interim Administrator/Manager from Monrivia,he was very good. I believe he stepped up inorder to assist; until a more permanent Administrator /Manager was contracted.
    He was asked to take the position, but he said he was looking forward to retirement.
    A consultant is not appropriate in this position; unless; as mentioned as above.
    I could be incorrect; but I believe the person in photo with the town Manager is employed in another capacity. I recall that she has served on past Council.
    If she has the background in management, then it would be a good fit.

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    1. Keith faneggled her way back into the nest last year by volunteering to help with Community Services when the manager left. Due to a reorganization Community Services had no director. Suddenly CS has a director and its Keith. She is waiting to move into Elaine's office. Keith was opposed to Measure V and a vocal supporter of the DSP. No to Keith.

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    2. How lucky would we be to get MaryAnn MacGillivray!

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    3. anybody supported by Bart Doyle,Rob Stockley or John Buchanan is bad news for the city

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    4. All 3 are working hard on getting this for M. Keith. Trust me.

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  2. I guess this means that Elaine has been planning her retirement for quite a while, and has already arranged who her successor will be. Yep. Sierra Madre's permanent government takes no chances.

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  3. One thing is for sure, they will not hire a city administrator that would be good for the town. They will hire a manager that will run the city like it has been run for the last 20 years and those are just the facts. We have some very capable people who live right here in town but there is no chance they would hire locally.

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  4. We need a speak up against hiring Keith. Keith has caused Sierra Madre to waste a lot of money, is bossy and a friend of those who want to rebuild this town up.
    NO TO KEITH.

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  5. Community services should not have
    Director.
    Nothing was in the Agenda for this
    It will be challenged if it was covertly done.

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  6. We would be so lucky to have a Hutt or MacGillivary as a City Manager.

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  7. Has anyone one checked with the Township of Bradbury to ask if they are missing someone?

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    1. They have something like 4 city employees there. Plus the Sheriffs.

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    2. Bradbury has a bunch of residents who didn't let their city government consume them.

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  8. Agreed Hutt or MacGillivary.
    I see this appointment as a Litmus Test for Tattlers. If the City fails to get a decent, qualified candidate appointed ,we really are doomed.

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  9. Does this mean that the ousted Director of Community Services should file a legal suit against the City?

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  10. MacGillivray has a fulfilling and accomplished career. I have no idea how much money she makes, and it's not easy to top the salaries of municipal workers of any kind, but in terms of doing good, there's no comparison. It would be a step down, and come with a lot of stress.
    I would love to see the faces of city staff when they realize a smart and efficient person would be monitoring their work.
    How about council member Delmar? She would be a great boss.

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  11. Delmar did not support the Sunset clause on the UUT. Because of this Council "we" have been saddled with this tax indefinitely, unless it is voted back down
    Don't tell me the City is broke and the tax was necessary, the City has never had a forensic audit

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  12. Marianne MacGillivray would be City Manager non pariel. The City of Sierra Madre and its residents should be so lucky as to have her representing them. However the likelihood of such an appointment is highly unlikely ... The dirts will rise as one, funded by the BIA and the California Realtors Association, to dredge up every vile lie, rumor, and innuendo ever uttered/printed by the SMVFD, the SMPD, the local CofC, and the erstwhile Mountain Views News. Michelle Keith's followers are legion, perhaps even characterized as our own local "basket of deplorables".

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  13. What's Kurt Zimmerman up to these days?

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    1. He is working in his specialty, which is environmental law.

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    2. he's the last real attorney we've had on the Council

      the rest have been run of the mill lawyers with overblown egos, no courtroom experience or basically PR reps for utility companies

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    3. A Kurt Zimmerman return would be a great thing. Unfortunately things that good do not happen here that often.

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    4. There are some men in town whose egos are just too fragile. They would fight Zimmerman's return with great feeling.

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  14. Agreed 11:04am. I'll add to that by stating, that the old welcome basket given out by Mrs. Boman; while the Chamber was in it's infancy. Now has been Commender by the legion of deplorables. Take a look at the racked up expenditures over time for the same events held every year. The price of porta-potties can't have gone up that much.

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  15. Macgillivary and Delmar both work in the medical field don't they?

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    1. MacGillivray is a biologist, Delmar is in human resources.

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    2. Denise works for a large health care organization.

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  16. No to Krooked Keith

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  17. Maybe Alisa will return?
    She took new employment as asst. City Mng.
    Wouldn't she have moved to Elaine's position had she remained?

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  18. It is time to let the council know how Keith is viewed and why. Phone calls and face to face are best followed up with an email.

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    1. Send emails to Gene Goss. He values them.

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    2. I can't email Gene. I'm not an imaginary friend.

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    3. You need to make one up first. Then you can email him.

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  19. Me thinks a few in City Hall knew this was coming.
    A few mom's that used to work in Community Services with Michelle in charge, have remained in contact with each other. Secrets don't remain secrets for long.

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  20. I can hardly wait for them to hire Keith. I have the information on her and the city will be in financlal trouble over a lie that she told. I have the paper trail.

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    1. Before she is hired, let the right council members and the city treasurer know.

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    2. The documents should be shared with the public here.

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  21. Who actually applied for the job?

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