“Fit right in” indeed. This is The Crony Capital of the West Coast
From the Times-Standard
“I much prefer to do the listening at this point, rather than doing the talking,” he said. “To me, it’s getting in and learning the organization before I start formulating my goals.” “It’s very important to me to work with the department heads to do the best job they can to serve the public,” Sparks said. “I feel it’s my job to make sure they have the resources to do it.”
A wise move for his self preservation in E-town. The Examiner has heard this is where the former City Manager Bill Panos reportedly first ran afoul of the good ol’ boys
Panos was brought in to fill the shoes of retiring City Manager David Tyson, who had ruled the City for more than a decade.
The way we hear it, Panos had a busy nine-month tenure. In that time, he’s oversaw the hiring of a new police chief (pissing off Murl an the ol’ boys at EPD), started a comprehensive strategic planning process (listened too much to common sense ie. Linda Atkins and her progressive ilk), and a budget process that included the consolidation of city departments (upset the status quo and pissed off the entrenched staff). We think Panos early on realized what kind of town and Council he was working for and started looking for an escape route.
So finding someone who will “fit right in” was top on the agenda for this council. That Sparks has demonstrated Cronyism in the past means he really will fit right in.
Lastly, the Mayor decides to throw Mike Knight under the bus with this; “I’m anxious for things to get back to some kind of normalcy,” Jager said. “We’ve been kind of just maintaining with Mike (Knight). He’s done a good job during the time he was interim city manager, but you need someone who’s going to be permanently in charge and can look at the organization and see what direction we’re going to go.”
Odd because Jager originally wanted to give Knight the job. This is fickle bunch and you have to tow the “party” line. Good luck Mr. Sparks.