Letter: Why Renew City Manager Contract Now?

Robert Keane wonders why the Redondo Beach City Council is going to consider a contract renewal for City Manager Bill Workman a year before the contract expires.

On Feb. 26, 2013 the Redondo Beach City Council is scheduled to consider a contract extension for City Manager Bill Workman. Workman's current contract runs through 2014, and I find it repugnant and disturbing that with an election only one week away and potentially four new council members coming on board that the current city council would take this vote.

Workman has a sad history with just about everyone in this city. From the city commissions to business to the employee groups, he has had a poor performance. Nordstrom has announced its plan to leave the South Bay Galleria for Torrance, and there is still no hotel complex for the old minature golf property that my neighbors jokingly refer to as "Occupy Redondo" because of all the homeless encampents. That is the city manager's responsibility, and he needs to accept some blame for it.

Why can't the city council simply wait until after the election to vote on his contract? His contract doesn't expire for another year, and there is no rush to extend it now. This entire deal smells, and I don't like it.

Robert Keane
Redondo Beach

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Kelly Sarkisian February 26, 2013 at 09:01 AM
It's because the council is weak. They forget that he is an employee and that he works at the pleasure of the council. He runs the city because the council is too weak to put him in his place . Maybe the new mayor and council will remember that they are the elected officials and they are expected to run the city not the city manager. Workman has been here too long, he has personally damaged all of the city departments/services by reducing staffing and wasting the savings on foolish ideas. He is responsible for damaging public safety, reducing staffing levels to 20 year lows and costing the city millions in overtime. It's time Workman goes on to his newest adventure and not get another shot at screwing up he city some more.
Jim Light February 26, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Rober Keane and I are opposed on Measure A, but I am in compete agreement with him on this topic. The current council should defer to the new council who will have to live with the decision on what to do with the City Manager.
Grant Patterson February 27, 2013 at 02:01 AM
didos to all 3 previous posts. they need to wait until the new council takes their seats and let them decide.
Kelly Sarkisian February 27, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I'm impressed, we can find common ground! It just takes the right issue.
Todd Loewenstein February 27, 2013 at 05:08 PM
As a school board member, and as much as I admire and respect the job our superintendent has done, I would never renew his contract in the time just before an election, or in the lame duck session between the election and the arrival of new board members. It sends the wrong message and is stacking the deck. The city manager serves at the behest of the current city council, not the previous one. Hoping the city council sees it the same.


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