Aspen City Council not keeping city manager in check
Former mayor Stacy Standley’s guest column (“Outside looking in on Aspen’s water dilemma,” July 29, The Aspen Times) discusses many possible alternatives to the ill-conceived dams in Castle and Maroon creek valleys. But Standley buried the most important observation eight paragraphs from the end of his column. It has nothing to do with any particular water plan.
Standley observes, “The city should have been doing this (planning) for years and not in desperation now as a way to protect the valuable water rights decrees.”
Some have called periodically for replacing our city manager because of his many stumbles in recent years. The city manager’s defenders have pushed back, insisting it isn’t fair to fire someone who hasn’t been given clear performance guidelines. To these defenders of the city manager I ask, is it necessary to give the city manager written instructions that he’s supposed to supervise the parking department? Written instructions that he’s supposed to provide accurate projections of the costs of large capital projects? Written instructions that he’s supposed to recommend a long-term plan for the city’s water needs?
A city council that doesn’t understand the responsibilities of the city manager isn’t doing the citizens’ work.
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