As reported by the Times-Standard, Eureka is choosing the next City Manager with help from a Secret Panel reminiscent of the type of transparency citizens of North Korea might see from their leaders.
“There’s people that represent all different aspects of our community,” “Whether it’s public servants or people running nonprofits or people running a construction business. Everybody got to choose different people.” The, always sharp, Councilmember Marian Brady said, while figuratively extending her long middle figure at the Open Meeting Act, State Law.
“The decision was made in closed session during candidate interviews earlier this month….at that time … we decided what we would do and how we would do it,” The always transparent ,by accident, Councilmember Mike Newman revealed.
Council members and City Clerk Pam Powell declined to release the names of the secret panel, saying it was a “personnel matter.” (Apparently the City must have hired its mystery panelists.) Powell said the “panelists could be pressured to rally for a particular finalist and the city doesn’t want to jeopardize the candidates’ chances of having a fair interview process.” This is the same City of Eureka, whose City Attorney, obviously in the name of fairness, recently violated the rights of the falsely accused Police Sergeant, by releasing his compelled statement to the public.
That honest broker of fairness Mayor Frank Jager said Friday that he believes the names should be made public, but (oops) he didn’t have the full list with him. Eureka’s (brilliant) “City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson was present for the Feb. 3 meeting”. “She raised no objections to the discussion or the decision to form a panel.” Jager said.
“The professional panel” (which is certainly immune from public pressure while completely open to special interest pressure), “which will also meet with the candidates, includes local city managers, Humboldt County Administrative Officer Philip Smith-Hanes and former Eureka City Manager” (completely above reproach) “David Tyson.” Newman said. After the panelists are finished asking questions, they will provide the council with feedback.
Finally in characteristically Zen observation, Brady bunch leader, Marion Brady mused”, If a firm decision is made or if there’s further research, I don’t know,”