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Question of the week: Should Fairfield hire an ‘outsider’ as city manager?

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From page A11 | January 23, 2014 | 8 Comments

With Sean Quinn’s retirement, Fairfield begins its search for the next city manager.

Should the job go to a current city employee or should an “outsider” be hired? Participate in this week’s poll:

Last week’s results:

Does the traffic jam controversy ruin Chris Christie’s presidential hopes?

Yes: 44 percent

No: 56 percent

57 Daily Republic voters

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  • The MisterJanuary 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Fairfield should eliminate the position of City Manager. Make your mayor and city councilmembers do their jobs... represent you, the people, and then manage the City accordingly.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 20, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    The city council members are neither educated or qualified to take on the duties of a city manager. It's a full-time plus job that requires a lot of knowledge and experience in a lot of areas.

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  • Kene WinstonJanuary 20, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Whats the resume? in all fairness, yes. Who knows what they can bring to the table. Under the right supervision and care its worth the risk.

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  • NormJanuary 20, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    I would normally say hire from within. But in this case I think it would be best to have someone with fresh ideas & less connection with present council. If I remember correctly the City cut retirement medical for future upper management (even though they gave it to David White). I wonder if that would be the case with the City Managers position.

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  • rlw895January 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

    I agree. The question should be, can the City do better than David White? John Mraz had already announced he wants White, which sort of short-circuits the Council search. I've noticed Mraz likes to do that on lots of issues, and the DR obliges by not getting opinions from the Mayor or other Council members.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 20, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Yes or no questions like this are often ambiguous. Where is the option to hire the best available person regardless of where he or she comes from?

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  • JagJanuary 20, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    Does the city manager have to answer to the city council and the Mayor (honest I don’t know the answer) but if he does it does not matter who they hire until we out vote the senior citizen of this city and dump Harry

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  • rlw895January 21, 2014 - 4:29 am

    The CM answers to the CC, not the mayor alone. We are not a "strong mayor" city, where the mayor and his staff effectively runs the city.

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