I seem to remember that there was a committee put together to help go find a new city manager when Joyce Wilson’s contract runs out at the end of the year. It should be noted that she’s not “retiring.” The word on the street is that some major cities want her badly as well as major consulting firms – she’s apparently only begun to cash big checks.
Do you know who doesn’t give a damn about official procedure? Representative Emma Acosta. She’s already performing the city manager search on her own and has forwarded her favorite candidate to the mayor for his review.
I was wondering why Acosta would mention that she received the resume from someone else instead of just taking credit for it or actually naming the person who sent it to her. When I found out who sent her the resume, I was really confused.
Gerry Cichon is the guy who came in and saved the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. You may remember all of the drama early in Mayor Cook’s tenure as mayor and how Cichon fixed it all. To me, Cichon is someone who you want to lead with when citing a source for presented information, or in this case a resume. Why Acosta would hide Cichon’s name is beyond me. Cichon is gold among a heap of coal in El Paso.
Don’t think for a minute that Acosta didn’t do her homework before starting her search for a new city manager. She had a reporter give her all of the details of Joyce Wilson’s current contract.
That’s not weird at all. A reporter supplying city council member she’s supposed to be reporting on documents that the city council member should have free and open access to in the first place is normal, right? Not really. Then again – you know that Carla writes what Limon, Holguin and Acosta tell her to write so they have that type of relationship. And they communicate with Carla using her personal email address instead of the one given to her by her employer. Why would a reporter deal with sources in such a manner? Is she trying to hide something from her employer? Would her editor not approve of her journalistic ethics if he or she knew of her tactics?
The bad news here is that Emma has a very strict schedule and can’t just meet with people whenever they have time. I mean this schedule is strict! Emma needs time to eat lunch, dammit!
The bottom line… I guess the mayor is being run over by yet another member of city council. Acosta has been doing end-arounds on the mayor every time he sends something out that is supposed to be embargoed until the next day. Why not stomp on his toes and tell him exactly who he is to hire as the next city manager? It’s not like Leeser is going to do anything about it.