Sunday, December 30, 2007
Years ago the City of Raytown had a hiring practice at City Hall that required that all city department heads be residents of the city in which they work. The practice ended during the single term of Mayor Jack Nesbitt. Since that time, three of the management team positions (Finance Director, Public Works Director, HR/City Clerk) have been turned into absentee resident positions. Raytown is one of the few communities in the area that does not require department heads to life within the community that pays its salary. When I tell elected officials from other cities of our policy it is generally met with surprise and wonder why we tolerate such a practice. The recent spate of turn-over (five changes in the last three years) has been a missed opportunity to correct the situation. Raytown City Hall should take a serious look at residential requirements for management team (department heads). It would foster pride in the community, bring greater awareness to the needs of the community by city department heads and, from a practical point of view, keep a sizable amount of our tax dollars in town. Hope for Recycling . . . Mayor David Bower is reported to have plans to attend the next meeting of the Recycling Committee. At least that is what Ward 4 Alderman Pat Ertz told me earlier this week. Ertz also said that the Mayor intends to bring City Attorney Nancy Thompson along with him. Though I have not heard from either the Mayor or the City Attorney I am glad to hear of the change in tune from their respective offices. Invitations had been extended to both the Mayor and City Attorney two weeks ago. At that time, both said they were unavailable to attend. Hopefully, they will leave the meeting with a better understanding of the need to move forward on recycling in Raytown.