Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Candidates Respond, Part 6: Should American Fork Have a City Administrator?
by James H. Hadfield, Heber M. Thompson
LocalCommentary.com: By ordinance, American Fork's form of government includes a part-time mayor and a full-time city administrator. Currently, there is no city administrator, and the mayor works full-time for part-time pay, with the assistance of a full-time chief of staff. Is this acceptable? Is it effective? Does it save the taxpayers money? If elected (or re-elected), will you do anything to change it?
JAMES H. HADFIELD
I support the ordinance that outlines American Fork's form of government. Our present mayor spends a lot of time directing staff two or three levels below his position in routine, day-to-day operations. His time should be spent in dealing with other mayors on inter-local issues and with other levels of government, such as the Mountainland Association of Governments and county leaders. He should also focus on economic development within American Fork, and his efforts should be directed towards increasing business activity and employment opportunities in our city. We need a city administrator to handle the reins of the full-time force and keep the ship sailing smoothly, even in rough waters.
HEBER M. THOMPSON
If I'm reelected, I'd change nothing, as I am the mayor who works full time for part time wages. I think the the City Council would say that the current arrangement is effective. I have no requirement to earn a living for my family, as I am retired. This may be something to consider for the future, especially as the city grows significantly in population.
Leisa Hatch comments (9/11/09):
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