Why Citizens Opposed the Contract

Tidings 7/29/2020

After reading an article on Thursday (6/23/2020) by Joe Zavala, entitled Ashland City Council tables agenda after receiving public feedback, I would like to clarify and emphasize the reasons I saw in the letters submitted by Ashland citizens for their overwhelming objection to the Adam Hanks three year contract for City Administrator/Manager proposed by Mayor Stromberg.

First, the contract contained a two-year severance package, unprecedented, never before offered in any city in Oregon, possibly never offered to anyone in government anywhere.

Second, the Council was hiring someone before a job description was written for the new position of City Manager, before qualifications were laid out, before any citizen involvement in the process, before the job was advertised, before any recruitment effort was made and without a competitive selection process.

I would urge you to read the many eloquent responses sent in for public comment at: http://rb.gy/xuw6c1.

Indeed, this response by Ashlanders was a protest against an obvious attempt by the Mayor to circumvent the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved the change to a more professional approach for our city management back in May.

Kenneth Wilson

Ashland Citizens for Economic Sustainability

The Real Reasons Ashlanders Rejected City Manager Contract

The Real Reasons Ashlanders Rejected City Manager Contract