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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The- Sea Interim Town Manager Connie Hoffman Is #1 Pick For The Town Manager Position …

August 25, 2010 by Barbara

EVERYTHING A COMMISSION LOOKS FOR IN A MANAGER ….

Dear Readers… the Town Commission after running late at the 5 pm Budget Meeting finally got around to the Town Manager applicants when the Commission was to discuss old business item 14a. addressing the qualifications for hiring a search firm to weed out the Commission’s choices of applicants… As expected there was no need for the item…(this writer thought it would be deleted at the start of the meeting if the TM was chosen at the prior workshop)… Ms. Hoffmann and Mr Bentley who also put in his resume’ in (prev. post) left the hall for the second time …as they did when they thought the discussion would follow after the budget portion of the workshop concluded and the Commission jumped right in…

Commissioner Sasser stated “in lieu of going through all of these”…he had spoken to the TAtty. and she said it was ok that a poll could take place of the dais members “for their top candidate” and if it was the clear who that was they could move on with the negotiations…

The Mayor wanted to hear from the others ….

Comm. Clottey stated there had been an outstanding number of candidates that fit the criteria of our Town charter and she concurred with Comm. Sasser that the Commission was very satisfied with the current Town Manager also agreeing if all agree to move forward…

Vice Mayor Dodd stated “I did my homework and reviewed all the applications and I have to say that there were many people out there that would I’m sure do an outstanding job of running our town. I mentioned when we appointed Ms. Hoffman to the post of Interim that I believed it was a win-win for the town since it provided that opportunity for both the commission and Ms. Hoffman to work together to solve some difficult problems. I have been thrilled to finally experience working with a true professional team. This town in my opinion is very lucky to have Ms. Hoffman and Bud Bentley working with this commission to move the town forward in the direction we need to go. The evidence is clear for all to see – 11 hour commission meetings down to two hours, public comments reduced from 30 people to a handful, round tables where we can have meaningful discussion. I believe this commission in conjunction with the town attorney should draw up a mutually acceptable contract that is fair to both the town and Ms. Hoffman. A salary that is commensurate with the responsibilities, comparable to other local municipalities along with a reasonable benefits and severance package. I would also like to thank all those who put in for the job and took the time and effort to come here today and that’s my position on this one.”…

Comm. Vincent said in jest “I trust Connie and Bud didn’t go to Town Hall and turn on the T.V.”… He said they had the pleasure of the best review by working with Ms. Hoffmann and Mr. Bentley …and they learned a lot during the time both were here .. and it was prudent to save the Town time and money…He said he read all the applications and that we probably have the best..

Mayor Minnet also concurred with her fellow Commissioners and stated there had been enough upheaval and the change started with this Commission and now the Town Manager…She too looked at all the applications…They had all done their due diligence and it was time to enter into negotiations…

Vice Mayor Dodd made a motion to negotiate …

The Mayor added the need for a liaison and offered herself to again serve in that capacity as she had done when Ms. Hoffmann became Interim TM…

VM Dodd amended his motion with the Mayor as liaison and Comm. Sasser seconded it…It passed 5-0

Comm. Sasser asked everyone to hold onto their top 3-5 choices just in case terms could not be met with Ms. Hoffmann …

But just when you thought she turned the corner on at least one item on the agenda……Comm. Clueless Clottey….did not disappoint those who expect her to crash and burn……She spoke to the Mayor and asked her in her duty as liaison to keep in mind the previous criticisms found in the last Town Manager’s contract…in her usual grating manner…

The Mayor quickly reiterated what she said so often on and off the dais throughout her reelection campaign…She would not do anything that would hold a future Commission hostage …

Comm. Vincent was completely disjointed as well in his delivery to the Town Manager once the Town Manager sat back down in trying to convey the residents have indicated at the podium and elsewhere the same sentiments as the Commission in their satisfaction with Ms. Hoffmann over the past months…

The Mayor added her thanks as well in addressing Ms. Hoffmann for the last 4 months and for making the decision to stay…She also concurred with the positive responses of residents and vendors who are very pleased with Ms. Hoffmann …giving Ms. Hoffmann all the credit and as she informed her formally they voted to accept her resume’…

Ms. Hoffmann asked to say a few words and stated as she had in her application introduction letter (prev. post) that the five Commissioners were what really made the difference …They were such a pleasure ….everything a Manager looks for in a city commission as a professional manager.” …

She made sure to point out Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley stating he was invaluable and “saved her rear end” many times…with a giggle…adding that hopefully he will stay…

The Mayor quickly added they all hoped the “team” will stay…

Ms. Hoffmann spoke about discussing the position with her family as she was inclined not to stay…Her 13 year old nephew told her the day after 4th of July while spending the weekend in town with her and riding in the golf cart she was crazy not to take the job because the Town is so darn cute and he though riding around in a golf cart was cool!…

The negotiating will be done with Ms. Hoffmann…the Mayor and TAtty. Trevarthen who stated she will work with them and address the concerns of the Commission throughout the process…

BC- This Commission along Ms. Hoffmann and hopefully Mr. Bentley ….aka “The Team”  should be able to accomplish much together over the next year …especially after what they have already accomplished over the last 4 months …Kudos to all!…

It’s everything residents…business owners…taxpayers and this blogger looks for and asks for in government!….Transparency…….integrity …. and accountability …all the right ingredients to make a positive difference for the future of  our Town!….

more to come….

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