Texas City Manager
Allen

Whitney, TX

#21 Aug 28, 2010
JSP wrote:
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It is rather telling that you lump Frost, Moore, Carlow, and McCoy together. I am sure McCoy appreciates that. What makes you think the Patriots are the ones with a problem with Sullivan anyway? Sometimes you gripe that you haven't seen a stance from the Patriots and other times you attribute comments go them. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Because of the ones posting--doesn't take long to examine a horse shoe.
Willingham Norbert

United States

#22 Aug 28, 2010
Beth wrote:
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About the same as obama's connection to sarah palin.
Aha!

Always thought there was something going on there.

Bilderberg Conspiracy, right?
JSP

Dallas, TX

#23 Aug 28, 2010
Allen wrote:
<quoted text>Because of the ones posting--doesn't take long to examine a horse shoe.
mkay, Early to bed and early to rise makes a man wealthy and wise. There, I feel better now.
Big Daddy

Whitney, TX

#24 Aug 28, 2010
JSP wrote:
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mkay, Early to bed and early to rise makes a man wealthy and wise. There, I feel better now.
You left out "healthy".
Willingham Norbert

United States

#25 Aug 28, 2010
Should also point out that Larry doesn't like to be called the City Manager.

It's "Chief Executive" now.

Although "King" was his first choice.
newtothis

Spring, TX

#26 Aug 28, 2010
he has no respect for the council/manager form of government--i guess he thinks he can change the voter approved charter at his desire. watch closely the charter amendments he will present.
Texas Popper

Texarkana, TX

#27 Aug 29, 2010
newtothis wrote:
he has no respect for the council/manager form of government--i guess he thinks he can change the voter approved charter at his desire. watch closely the charter amendments he will present.
Yes, and everything else he presents. It is only for his good. He has cut the city hall staff down so much you can't hardly find anyone up there to help you anymore.
Stand up Texarkana. Petition for term limits.
Sherry S

Cottonwood, AZ

#28 Aug 29, 2010
Texas Popper wrote:
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Yes, and everything else he presents. It is only for his good. He has cut the city hall staff down so much you can't hardly find anyone up there to help you anymore.
Stand up Texarkana. Petition for term limits.
I'm all for that, but what exactly are term limits going to do for someone who is not elected? If you want to limit the length of time the City Manager aka "CEO" serves, you're going to have to petition to change the City Charter allowing the citizens to vote on our preferred type of government. Otherwise there isn't a thing you can do as a private citizen.

This is from the Texarkana, TX city charter

Sec. 2.- Form of government.

The municipal government provided by this Charter shall be known as the "Council-Manager form of Government."

So if you have a problem with the current government (Council-Manager) then you will have to change it. And you're in luck, they're looking at updating the charter right now. Got a problem with it? Call your councilman, and the mayor.

For home-rule cities, there are four types of governing options:

1. Weak Mayor-Council -- a form of city government in which the mayor has no more power than any other member of the council.

2. Strong Mayor-Council -- a form of city government in which the mayor has strong powers to run the city by hiring, managing, and firing staff and controlling executive departments; the mayor also serves on the council.

3. Council-Manager -- a form of city government in which the city council and mayor hire a professional manager to run the city.

4. City Commission -- a form of city government in which elected members serve on the legislative body and also serve as head administrators of city programs.
newtothis

Spring, TX

#29 Aug 29, 2010
term limits are on intended for elected officials--not appointed. the council/manager form of government works well when you have a trained cm that understands the meaning of public service.

Since: Aug 10

Texarkana, TX

#30 Aug 29, 2010
Sherry S wrote:
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I'm all for that, but what exactly are term limits going to do for someone who is not elected? If you want to limit the length of time the City Manager aka "CEO" serves, you're going to have to petition to change the City Charter allowing the citizens to vote on our preferred type of government. Otherwise there isn't a thing you can do as a private citizen.
This is from the Texarkana, TX city charter
Sec. 2.- Form of government.
The municipal government provided by this Charter shall be known as the "Council-Manager form of Government."
So if you have a problem with the current government (Council-Manager) then you will have to change it. And you're in luck, they're looking at updating the charter right now. Got a problem with it? Call your councilman, and the mayor.
For home-rule cities, there are four types of governing options:
1. Weak Mayor-Council -- a form of city government in which the mayor has no more power than any other member of the council.
2. Strong Mayor-Council -- a form of city government in which the mayor has strong powers to run the city by hiring, managing, and firing staff and controlling executive departments; the mayor also serves on the council.
3. Council-Manager -- a form of city government in which the city council and mayor hire a professional manager to run the city.
4. City Commission -- a form of city government in which elected members serve on the legislative body and also serve as head administrators of city programs.
You are absolutely correct. However, there are elections to vote out council members that have been in the seat forever. Limit their terms. That is a place to start. That way they won't be in cahoots with the CEO/CM.

Take back Texarkana. Petition for term limits.

Since: Aug 10

Texarkana, TX

#31 Aug 29, 2010
newtothis wrote:
term limits are on intended for elected officials--not appointed. the council/manager form of government works well when you have a trained cm that understands the meaning of public service.
You are correct also. Sullivan was over TISD. BIG difference. He has no concept of how to run a city. Plus, some of the members of the council has been in their seats 10 years or more.

It's time to make change. Petition for term limits.
Sherry S

United States

#32 Aug 29, 2010
Texas Popper wrote:
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You are absolutely correct. However, there are elections to vote out council members that have been in the seat forever. Limit their terms. That is a place to start. That way they won't be in cahoots with the CEO/CM.
Take back Texarkana. Petition for term limits.
I understand your frustration but that isn't the quick fix you might think it is. There is a problem with keeping our current form of government with the strong city mgr and limiting the terms of councilmen. It's that by the time the new guy gets his feet wet and understands enough to know the city manager needs to go, he has to let someone else take over. If you have a problem with the city manager, you can't fix that by term limits for the councilmen. Both need to take place.
Bowie County Wolverine

Granbury, TX

#33 Aug 29, 2010
JSP wrote:
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It is rather telling that you lump Frost, Moore, Carlow, and McCoy together. I am sure McCoy appreciates that. What makes you think the Patriots are the ones with a problem with Sullivan anyway? Sometimes you gripe that you haven't seen a stance from the Patriots and other times you attribute comments go them. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
I wouldn't want to speak for the Patriots, but I think they are focused with getting the 4 candidates they are sponsoring elected,and not trying to take a unified public position on every issue that comes along, McCoy brings himself into the mix when you look at his being a lifelong friend of Carlow's and all the appointments Carlow has given him, if something were not fishy Carlow would have given the appointments to Grady, his fellow democrat.IMO
Willingham Norbert

United States

#34 Aug 29, 2010
Term limits are great - in theory.

Why not just vote out the ones you don't like?
Walter

United States

#35 Aug 29, 2010
Willingham Norbert wrote:
Term limits are great - in theory.
Why not just vote out the ones you don't like?
That would be easy to do if someone else ran for the offices. It happened pretty handily with Robin Court as soon as an honest, hard working young man stepped up to run. The community gathered around him. We need more like him. Ms. Court and the rest of the council didn't think it was possible.

If no one runs against them you can't vote them out.

Since: Aug 10

Texarkana, TX

#36 Aug 30, 2010
Walter wrote:
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That would be easy to do if someone else ran for the offices. It happened pretty handily with Robin Court as soon as an honest, hard working young man stepped up to run. The community gathered around him. We need more like him. Ms. Court and the rest of the council didn't think it was possible.
If no one runs against them you can't vote them out.
That's true.

If no one steps up to run, then at least if term limits are in place the ones that aren't worth a plug nickel would not be able to stay in office. Someone else would have to be elected.

I am not saying it is a win win, but at least they would not get comfortable.

Petition for term limits.
Walter

United States

#37 Aug 30, 2010
Well actually that isn't the way it works. You say someone else would have to be elected, but when no one else will step up, there is no election. If term limits expire and there is no election, guess what happens? You get an appointed person to fill that seat, much the same as the City Manager issue. Typically they would appoint a cronie or they would just appoint the sitting councilman whose term is expiring. The solution to your dilemma lies in always having contested race. It is our fault as a city if we don't come up with people to challenge for these positions. Our mayor was unopposed this last time and so were Councilmen Bruggeman and McGary. You are wanting term limits, so the opportunity to end the term of the longest serving Councilman (McGary) just passed by, unopposed. If you don't like it you have to take action, not just complain on a forum.
Texas Popper wrote:
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That's true.
If no one steps up to run, then at least if term limits are in place the ones that aren't worth a plug nickel would not be able to stay in office. Someone else would have to be elected.
I am not saying it is a win win, but at least they would not get comfortable.
Petition for term limits.
takebackyourpowe r

Texarkana, AR

#38 Aug 30, 2010
what everyone needs to do is picket the city council meetings and get the television stations to get involved. Sadly, without getting major attention on the TV news, your all just blowing smoke( no offense) You need to get yourselves seen and then others who are out there will get involved and MAKE the city council listen to you!

Since: Aug 10

United States

#39 Aug 30, 2010
Willingham Norbert wrote:
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Exactly what percentage of Texas side city workers make only minimum wage?
Don't think this ever got answered.

Perhaps, maybe.......... zero percent?
WhooptyDo

Wellington, TX

#40 Sep 1, 2010
Zeldar wrote:
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Don't think this ever got answered.
Perhaps, maybe.......... zero percent?
This must be the Wizard himself. When is someone going to pull the curtain back?

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