A Full Time Mayor.
With the retirement of Dan Vogt the City has an opportunity to update how management of the City is handled.
I have presented this idea before, that being giving the citizens of Brainerd a voice in who runs our City on a daily basis by means of an election. Currently we have a Mayor’s position which is essentially a public relations position with the City Administrator actually handling the City’s business.
Citizens, consider this: combine the positions of Mayor and City Administrator, thus eliminating one wage and one benefits package, actually SHRINK the size of government locally.
Eligibility to run can be handled the same way it is for sheriff, county attorney or judge in short specific requirements to be eligible to run for the office. Personally I would like to see someone with actual business experience and management skills. What we need is someone who can delegate authority and who will see to it that staff performs duties efficiently and with the best interests of the citizens, not what is best for City staff. Someone from the private sector where ability and performance matters.
Citizens of Brainerd, in two years the Mayor’s seat is up for a vote. In two years we can change the Brainerd City Charter to put the Mayor in charge of running the City, as it should be. Great waterfalls start as but one drop of rain. Many can change the face of the earth (Grand Canyon). One voice can ring out, while many can bring down the walls of Jericho. If you like the idea, of a fulltime Mayor, then write to the Council at 502 Laurel Street in Brainer, be sure to have it copied to the Charter Commission. Together we can effect a change in our City management.