Embattled West Valley City has chance to reset its trajectory

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 26, 2013 11:34 p.m.

    Regarding Susan Powell. Information recently released indicates WVC did everything possible to locate her. It can be argued that Josh should have been criminally charged. That is a valid debate. Maybe it is time to give the beleaguered city a break.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 25, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    Strider303 I don't agree with you. A city manager isn't responsible to anyone. West Jordan has had more than its share of problems in by-gone years from rouge managers. In the case of WVCPD, the department with all the problems reported directly to the city manager and yet the Chief and the Mayor have had to call it quits but the manager is coated with Teflon. Why doesn't the buck stop with him (or her)? City managers learn how to survive changing politicians and they command a huge salary because "we are always at risk of losing our jobs" and yet many survive for decades. They learn first hand that "friends come and go but enemies accumulate." The ones that I've seen with a lot of enemies have earned every one of them. And their "I know everything" attitude is sickening. I've watched them interrupt people at mid-sentence thinking their thoughts are superior to whoever is speaking, cionfusing rudeness for intelligence.

    There have been some poor mayors, too; on that we agree. They still push their agenda even though working only part time. Washington DC has nothing on city hall!!

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    I receommend, because I don't live in WVC having a mayor and city council as part time and a full time city manager. The last thing a city needs is a gadfly mayor (think "Rocky" Anderson) who would push his agenda over the needs of the city. Seasoned well trained city managers will lead the day to day business and leave the ribbon cutting and speech making to the amateurs who run for office for various reasons.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    May 25, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    There also needs to be more oversight and review power from groups that don't have conflicting interests. But a strong municipal and civic organization typically requires taxation to support it.