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Justcurious

Abilene, TX

#1 May 9, 2012
Just read in the paper where the council voted in a new City Manager. How hard is it to find someone that has experience as an actual City Manager? I don't get it, but at least it seems like this new guy has a personality, unlike ole PK.
politics

United States

#2 May 10, 2012
New City Manager, info on him sounds like another Kampfer. Too bad this city council couldn't wait until after council elections Sat. but they want it done their way. That is why we are over $10 million in debt. GO VOTE ON MAY 12th for District 4 and 6, time for a change.
Politics

United States

#3 May 10, 2012
I have no clue what I'm talking about people. This new guy has only been to our town one time and better yet I havnt yet met him. How could have possibly formed an opinion.
Ratonian

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Jun 5, 2012
Speaking of your-former / our-current city manager, Pete Kampfer: he's got some delicate but serious explaining to do, to New Mexico's Attorney General ... as you can see from these letters:

http://photobucket.com/Raton-City-Manager

Just my two cents / personal opinion, but this matter could potentially put Pete out of a job, in Raton. Will it? Too early to tell, but it could.

I say that because under New Mexico's laws, anything done in secret by city (or even state) officials can be nullified or un-done via the process currently underway. Basically, if Pete can't prove to the Attorney General's office that his recent acquisition of a personal secretary was 100% accomplished openly, and in accordance with law, then the decisions made behind closed doors "don't count" ... including hiring someone new. Same goes for Pete's job: if the meetings that took place back in January, which resulted in Pete Kampfer's hiring, weren't 100% kosher, then the decision gets undone ... meaning, Pete's hiring as Raton's city manager could (not necessarily "will," but "could") be undone by a determination of the New Mexico Attorney General's office.

Pete's got more explaining to do than that, though -- if you look at the Raton Range newspaper for the recent weeks, you'll see that he and his bosses want to start an entire new department, in this city. They've apparently already begun that process.(Despite the city being massively in trouble, financially. Raton is even listed as "At Risk" on the NM State Auditor's web site.) But, right in the middle of that publicized process of starting an entire city department from scratch, Pete's getting letters from the AG that makes it clear his secretary may not have been a legal / kosher decision, on Raton's part; or is questionable at best ... and if you look at the specific dates the AG is requesting meeting minutes for, you'll see that Pete's hiring was under discussion, then.

Keep an eye on Raton's happenings, for more updates ... and thanks again, residents of Colorado City, Texas, for warning those of us in Raton what we could expect from Mr. Kampfer!
Justcurious

Sweetwater, TX

#5 Jun 10, 2012
Wow Ratonian! Can't say that I am surprised really, ole Pete likes to do what he wants to do, no matter what. Sounds like he is in some trouble this time though. Thanks for keeping us informed!
Ratonian

Santa Fe, NM

#6 Jun 28, 2012
Thanks for the comments, JustCurious! And thanks for all the prior information about what to expect out of your former city manager. It's been right on the money, as far as I can see. And yeah, potentially, Pete's in very serious doo-doo with several of NM's authority figures. We'll see what happens, but tomorrow is the deadline for the info the NM Attorney General wants to see from Mr. Kampfer. He's probably not clued-in enough / too arrogant to see it, but (as stated or implied, previously) his hiring is at risk to be nullified, completely, if the AG isn't satisfied.

In addition, if you look at the web site for the NM state auditor and look around a bit, you'll see that as of the 23rd of last month (I think it was) they listed the city of Raton as "at risk". Not the best mark on a new city manager's report card, as it were -- and that was largely based on the 2010 fiscal year's spending. I'm betting things heat up, even more, when they review 2011 to present.

In addition to that, things are quietly seeming to make excellent progress, behind the scenes, regarding the possibility of the NM ACLU also stepping in, for the "Prior Restraint" issues happening under Pete's so-called leadership. Things on that front are still "iffy," but since I've heard that a city commission meeting, sometime this week, may have involved the cops getting into a big deal of some kind or other, with one of the more outspoken citizens (and an admitted drug user, etc.) there's the chance that the ACLU might want to "keep digging" as far as the city commission's and Mr. Kampfer's handling of public meetings goes. It's not exactly every city commission that decides to have armed guards at meetings that mainly senior citizens attend ... and considering that the AG is already looking into whether or not this city's leaders are doing things correctly, and openly, as far as public meetings go: well, the preponderance of the evidence seems to stacks up in a very bad way, against the leadership of this small municipality. Having armed guards attend public meetings was a bad idea, to begin with; but doing all this while the AG's looking at them...

On top of all that, the state auditor and others are finding it quite intriguing / curious that Kampfer's apparently decided that the way out of Raton's financial problems is to, for lack of a better way to describe things, essentially "raid" the funds that the Raton Public Service has been putting aside, in case of emergencies and what not. Pete's claiming RPS has no rights to an attorney, to represent them in that matter: even though he potentially wants to over-rule their leadership, and take what sounds like it could be up to $13 million dollars from them, to spend elsewhere. One of the places he wants to spend whatever amount they had stored up (the $13m figure was a numerical potential; not necessarily what's actually in the bank, for RPS) was on street repair -- which is an odd thing to want to do, since the city leadership in the mid-1980's put a tax question on the ballot, just for street repairs ... but, for an unknown-to-the-public amount of years or decades, the city has (probably illegally) been diverting money collected for street repair, and has been spending it on unspecified things, instead. Now they want to fund something that's been funded for multiple decades, with money raided from the power company. Huh? On top of the already questionable decisions going on, the state auditor will likely want answers to Pete's plans for RPS. See the web site for the Raton Range newspaper, over the last few weeks, to read about Pete's plans to "steal money from Peter, to pay Paul" in regards to making an unworkable budget, work out.

With any luck, Pete and Company are all but history, in this city. It may be premature to say it, but "goodbye and good riddance" won't hurt me at all to say if that's the way things work out.
annomous

Round Rock, TX

#7 Jul 5, 2012
Met new city manager,he seems to be giving

People who meet with him"busy" work.we discussed housing, the baker hotel,bringing in businesses. Our population has declined in years,
City has torn down houses,invested in 1new motel
By providing sewer,&150000 road for motel.He stressed the importance of spending locally, I agree with this ,keep money at home.I also think if you're city department head you should live in city limits.The chief of police stated at council meeting my home is in san Angelo.he has businesses there
But is allowed to take ccity money,stays in trailer at our park when he is in ccity..who pays for this,does he take police vehicle back to san Angelo? Public works director bought house outside ccity limits.
I believe city manager needs to enforce what he believes. The salaries paid to department heads from city funds I believe should go to people who live in city.
annomous

Round Rock, TX

#8 Jul 5, 2012
Ratonian you have it right on Pete ,he has promised he will make you x amount of dollars,this is done by him getting a lawyer who does rulings in "my Opinion" not "my legal opinion" and management by us against them, giving raises to employees and then giving merit raises to employees and himself,putting all city funds for all depts under his control, oh yes he will want control of you're public utility by doing so he will claim he made city millions, keep him at bay
.divorces are expensive in is private life and his divorce from your city..he will expect alimony

Since: Jul 12

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#9 Jul 6, 2012
Our new city manager needs to be available to the citizens of Colorado City. Currently he is only available to a select few of the city council. Birds of a feather flock together. Don't get off on the wrong foot with the citizens by shutting us out. When we go to our councilman or woman with any issue, it should at least be discussed by the council and even voted on if it comes to that point. When it takes a meeting of a majority to get an item on the agenda, it seems that the open meetings act is being spit on. If you all have to meet in secret to decide if something can even be on the agenda, you are defeating what this act is about. I hope that the city takes heed and begins to operate openly and effectively. If we want to move forward as a city, we have to be open and honest with ourselves first. When businesses look at the way we have functioned and are still functioning, it is going to be difficult to attract them in a positive manner. Let's move forward!!!
Justcurious

Sweetwater, TX

#10 Jul 9, 2012
Hey Ratonian, we are hearing word that ole Pete got fired, any truth to that??
Eeessshhh

United States

#11 Jul 11, 2012
He is a confirmed idiot savant that got fired in del rio as a Director. He has never work in City Admin a day, as asst CM or CM. They ran his ass out of town.
Eeessshhh

United States

#12 Jul 11, 2012
Poor CC, seems as no background was done on this moron. Good luck, I give him 6-9 months max.
Pat

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jul 11, 2012
No, not yet. But he is trying to destroy our utility system. Best we can tell he has attached himself to the lady who owns our natural gas utility and is trying to make some major changes.
AsI SeeIt

Colorado City, TX

#14 Aug 1, 2012
Micromanaging Mayor and no balls witless city manager have the good workers from the city looking and leaving the city in droves. Too bad for CCity that her Honor decided she is working for the County now. Or maybe that is good. It maybe the only thing that saves poor CCity.
AsI SeeIt

Colorado City, TX

#15 Aug 1, 2012
annomous wrote:
Met new city manager,he seems to be giving
People who meet with him"busy" work.we discussed housing, the baker hotel,bringing in businesses. Our population has declined in years,
City has torn down houses,invested in 1new motel
By providing sewer,&150000 road for motel.He stressed the importance of spending locally, I agree with this ,keep money at home.I also think if you're city department head you should live in city limits.The chief of police stated at council meeting my home is in san Angelo.he has businesses there
But is allowed to take ccity money,stays in trailer at our park when he is in ccity..who pays for this,does he take police vehicle back to san Angelo? Public works director bought house outside ccity limits.
I believe city manager needs to enforce what he believes. The salaries paid to department heads from city funds I believe should go to people who live in city.
So why should the department heads live in CCity when the City Manager is not moving his family here yet?
annomous

United States

#16 Aug 1, 2012
AsI SeeIt wrote:
<quoted text>
So why should the department heads live in CCity when the City Manager is not moving his family here yet?
They were here in ccity before city manger,by charter city manger must live in city,but again in my opinion all department heads should live in city
annomous

United States

#17 Aug 1, 2012
Seems no back ground check was done on any
Ccity only hires managers that have no experience
Pay them way too much, they the council allows
Managers to drive us deeper in debt&and have dissolved all working relationship with other agencies
This city needs the county and other agencies
Who in this city recommended kampher for the job
In Raton NW?
Charter club

Abilene, TX

#18 Aug 1, 2012
Our new city manager is nice but he definitely is over his head. He is not a manager. He creates and pushes endless paperwork around and around until someone else is forced to make day to day decisions on the things he should be managing.

Read the charter. Under the charter the city manager is hired to manage and administer the city's day to day operations. Under the same charter, the mayor has NO administrative duties unless marshal law is ordered. The mayor is a figurehead, not the boss. The whole authority rests on the city council per the same charter.
Anebel

Abilene, TX

#19 Aug 9, 2012
To anyone in Del Rio that reads this, why was our Current City Manager fired and what was his job there? I've been in City Hall and heard him talk and it's obvious he has no background in City Management. Talking to the employees around town, most are ready to find new jobs and he's only been here 2 1/2 months. What does that say about him? If he keeps going, there may be nothing left when he does leave, even if its 6 months.
Charter club

Colorado City, TX

#20 Aug 10, 2012
Is there a probation period built into his contract?

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