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Manteca doesn’t need assistant city manager

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POSTED July 3, 2013 5:55 p.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

I was not surprised to read the Manteca City Council is proposing the hiring of an assistant city manager, as they continue to ignore the fact that city service levels have diminished, the city’s streets are not being maintained in a timely manner (if at all), and working staff are being overworked because their numbers were severely cut during the past three years. Yes, that is exactly what we need, more top heavy supervision.

Here is an idea; how about adding a couple of staff people to the city departments that need staff that can respond (do the work) to the new development looming on the horizon. If the Council has the funds and feels the need to add staff, add the individual(s) where it is truly needed, to Engineering, to Planning, to Streets Maintenance, to Parks, etc.

I would question whether the City Council is concerned with, or even aware of, the diminished service levels in the community. Do they really think adding an assistant city manager (another administrator) is an effective response to improving services levels or ramping up for the looming new development?

I commend Mrs. McLaughlin for noting that an assistant city manager is not needed.

Benjamin Cantu
July 2, 2013

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