Pulse poll

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

By From page A11 | January 22, 2014

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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  • Possible Conflict of Interest!January 19, 2014 - 8:10 am

    My concern is if the former City Manager is going to be doing business in retirement with local developers and that in turn leads to contacts with his/our new City Manager...Then that's a major red flag. As far as I'm concerned, It's time the City hires someone that has an established resume in running a Municipality.

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  • The MisterJanuary 19, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Fairfield should do away with the weak mayor/strong city bureaucracy headed by a city manager model and instead shift to a strong mayor and strong city council model. As government is with the consent of the governed, the people will have much greater input on their city with decisions made by their representatives on the city council. A mayor and city council whose purpose is to communicate a vision to the city manager and rely upon the city manager to effect that vision is a weak and useless mayor and city council that is a complete disservice to the people and a waste of money. With a mayor and city council smart enough to manage the city, then a city manager is a disservice to the people and a waste of money.

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  • Possible Conflict of Interest!January 19, 2014 - 9:07 am

    I agree with your opinion..the city council is allowing the City Manager to have too much control especially over development issues in our City. I mean just take the train station issue as an example! The City started this project to add a considerable size to our City..and we're already barely able to maintain the infrastructure we already have in place. The City Council has become just a rubber stamp for Sean Quinn and his development ideas. This is why I think some serious thought needs to be put in hiring our next CM. It's my opinion that we need to hire someone who doesn't have Sean Quinn as his contact!

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