New mayor is breath of fresh air | Letter

May 21, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

Your story on Mayor Jennifer Gregerson's prospective changes to city government was like a breath of fresh air [“Mayor plants to replace city administrator with full-time job,” The Beacon, front page, May 14].

She waited until she had time to assess what the city's needs are and how they might best be met. She didn't rush headstrong into her decisions.

The city has started advertising for a human resources manager. Good! Now prospective employees will be fully vetted and not just run through without City Council input as they have in the recent past.

Next up a management services director. I look forward to a Guest View in which the mayor explains this position a bit more in depth.  It might be good to give us a job description so that we better understand her opinion on why we need this position.

Lastly, she hopes to hire a policy analyst (Policy analysis is "determining which of various alternative policies will most achieve a given set of goals.").

There are so many issues, with various public interests, that are going to come to the mayor and council soon that this is a wise move on the mayor's part.

A policy analyst can sort things out before issues come before the council and the public, so that choices will be based in facts, not pie-in-the-sky notions and emotions.

Most of us have such faith in this mayor's integrity and competence that we welcome most of the changes she suggests, knowing that she has our best interests at heart.

I think with this mayor, citizen input is important and so we never need to feel uncomfortable when we question her about an issue.

That's the fresh air at City Hall that I was talking about at the start of this letter.  Boy, does it feel good!

Elaine Knapp,

Mukilteo

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