$75,000 consultant pact eyed in Fairfield

By July 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A $75,000 contract with Management Partners for an interim assistant city manager to fill the position left vacant when David White was named to the top executive post in Fairfield goes before the city council at its Tuesday meeting.

It’s expected to take about three months to hire a new assistant manager and the post is critical within the City Manager’s office, according to a report to the council.

Jim Reese would be paid $125 an hour to serve as interim city manager post in the proposed contract.

Management Partners, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has offices in San Jose and Orange County. Former executives comprise the firm that assists cities with special projects and augments staff during shortages, the report to the council states.

Gerald E. Newfarmer, president and chief executive officer of Management Partners, wrote in a letter to City Manager White that, “We have a bias for producing value-added work for each client that will be actionable and will be implemented.”

Additional consultants besides Reese would be provided as requested by Fairfield. Pay for other people would range from $75 for a management analyst to $250 an hour for a regional vice-president.

White succeeded Sean Quinn, who retired from the post.

Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chambers at 1000 Webster St.

Contact Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • MarkJuly 01, 2014 - 12:37 am

    Geeezzzeeess...$75k for another CONSULTANT!!!...Isn't there anything Fairfield can do without hiring a consultant?...Just give that position to David White as well...His head's big enough to handle it...

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  • CD BrooksJuly 01, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Surely there must be an available candidate within the ranks? Finding qualified personnel hasn't exactly been the city policy for the past several years. Why start now?

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  • [url=http://postimage.org/][img]http://s2.postimg.org/u3hyncppl/consultantsfor_hire.gif[/img][/url] [url=http://postimage.org/]image hosting[/url]July 01, 2014 - 7:47 am

    More money thrown down the toilet. Isn't there anything that City Can not do without wasting money. Surely there is someone with half a brain, semi qualified for the position, if only on an interim position???!!! Heck any Homeless person from the WalMart parking lot would do it for spare change>>>SK

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  • http://s2.postimg.org/u3hyncppl/consultantsfor_hire.gifJuly 01, 2014 - 7:49 am

    OOPS>>This will work better (Name :-) )):

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  • skJuly 01, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Now y'all remember this come election time, when ANYONE comes around with their hands out asking you to vote for ANY KIND OF TAX increase, bonds of ANY TYPE including one for schools>>>>ANYTHING. Vote NO to ALL NEW TAXES!!!!!!

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  • Dexter FowlerJuly 01, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Oh how Fairfield loves to waste OUR money on consultants!! Finding someone to replace the below average Sean Quinn wasnt that hard I doubt finding someone to replace White would be much harder. But dont worry the sheeple of Fairfield will vote for yet another tax increase to pay for all these ridiculous consultants.

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  • Mike KirchubelJuly 01, 2014 - 11:04 am

    “We have a bias for producing value-added work for each client that will be actionable and will be implemented.” Gee, with that many buzz-words in one sentence, they've got to be good. Sounds like exactly the kind of people Fairfield needs to tell us how much money we should give them.

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  • Grumpy GusJuly 01, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    When on earth will this madness stop. Every member of this city council needs to answer why we must spend this money on an out of town consulting firm. Each one needs in their words to tell us why. Not some generic press release... Stand and be accounted for...

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