Mammoth Town Council: selection of permanent Town Manager, reorganization of management

mltc_11_20_13To consult or not to consult? That’s the question the Mammoth Town Council will ponder when they meet Wednesday. At their last meeting, Council members thought out loud about the pros and cons of a consultant to help them pick a permanent Town Manager.

Councilmen Matthew Lehman and Michael Raimondo both said they would prefer not to spend an estimated $26,000 on consultants to help them hire a Town Manager. Council member Jo Bacon said the Council does need to hire someone to help them. Mayor Rick Wood looked to the past and said he wasn’t sure which way to go.

Town Attorney Andrew Morris, who is handling the selection process for the Council, said he thought it would be best for the Town Council to interview consultants and consider selection of one. Interim Town Manager Dan Holler is not participating in all of this because he plans to apply for the permanent position.

Scheduled to start at 4pm, the Council will interview four consultants – Alliance Resource Consulting, Avery & Associates, Colin Baenziger & Associates, and Ralph Anderson & Associates.

Then later in the regular meeting that starts at 6pm, the Council will consider retention of a consultant to help them recruit a Town Manager. They will also look at the Interim Town Manager’s recommendations for restructuring town management positions and the organizational structure as a whole.

Interim Manager Dan Holler recommends that the Town retain a single-person Human Resources office but add a Human Resources Manager position for the future. Holler recommends a reduction in the Town Manager’s salary with savings to go to administrative support or office assistants in the Town Clerk’s Office. He calls for a salary cap of $173,800 with a 2014-15 budget estimate of a $158,000 salary plus benefits for a Town Manager.

Holler recommends the position of Finance Director and not Budget Management Analyst that is currently in the budget. He points to major changes in the finance arena with more to come. Holler says a working Department Head will “provide needed staff assistance, focus, and reduced administrative responsibilities allowing staff to be more efficient in their primary duties and responsibilities.”

Holler also recommends not filling the position of Community and Economic Development Director. He said the Department needs technical staff support more than a Director. Holler says to meet the Council’s goals related to economic development, he recommends use of consulting services.

Holler does recommend filling a Public Works Director position. All told, Holler says the changes would save $421,600 which would be re-allocated for other necessary positions. This re-organization will be up to the Town Council.

 

 

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6 Responses to Mammoth Town Council: selection of permanent Town Manager, reorganization of management

  1. The real problem December 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    What this council fails to realize is not how good a Town Manager may or may not be – but how difficult it is to deal with this council.
    And two of them got the job unopposed.

     
  2. Ken Warner December 3, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    “Town Attorney Andrew Morris, who is handling the selection process for the Council, said he thought it would be best for the Town Council to interview consultants and consider selection of one.”

    Clearly, the T.C. needs to hire a consultant to help them pick a consultant. Jeeze!

    Can these people do anything without asking someone else to think for them? Maybe the T.C. should hire consultants to be the T.C. Why do these people keep getting elected if they can’t make a decision without asking some one else what to do?

     
  3. Apathetic Voter December 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Voter apathy runs so high today that two council members did not even have to run against anyone. And two others have been in that position it seems, forever.
    And they are still there.

     
    • Desert Tortoise December 4, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      You know, considering the tone of the discussion here, why would any sane adult want to run for an office knowing they will be publicly castigated on a daily basis? There is never even one kind word for anyone in government at any level and everyone who runs is assumed to be dishonest and in it for their own benefit. By your own words and deeds you drive away anyone who is honest and has a shred of self respect. Why run when as soon as you do everyone will accuse you of being a crook? Why subject yourself to the daily humiliation?

       
      • Mark December 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

        With the kind of daily humilation I’ve seen only someone that could personally benefit would be willing to take the daily thrashing.

        glad we settled that 😉

         
  4. Desert Tortoise December 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Considering the recent history of the town of Mammoth Lakes, one would think this council is more experienced at hiring new City Managers than some of the consultants they might hire. It is not as if they haven’t done this more than once in the past.

     

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