“The reason was to discuss what a city manager would look like for Lindsay…We don’t even know how long it would take,” Padilla went on to note surrounding cities took nearly two years to fill their vacant city manager positions in the past. “But simply to do nothing to find a city manager is not acceptable,” stated Padilla.
After welcoming community members in attendance to write down what they would like to see in a Lindsay city manager, Padilla shared the current city manager requirements.
According to the mayor’s presentation the city is requiring applicants to have a 4-year college degree in public administration in addition to at least five years experience working in municipal administration. The applicant must be able to manage and supervise all departments in order to achieve city goals. Padilla stated that a having a On Monday, Nov. 16 Lindsay mayor Ramona Padilla facilitated a study session to begin setting goals for hiring a permanent city manager. The intent of the study session was to have an open discussion on what qualifications the council would like to have in a future masters degree would be highly desirable.
“Some things I didn’t see were knowledge of state, federal and local laws.” Padilla went on to say state, “It would also be desirable for the city manager to have a financial background.”
All four council members in attendance seemed to agree that due to Lindsay’s unique finances the need for a financial background is critical.
Both Padilla and council woman Pam Kimball also stated that they would like potential candidates to have experience in grant writing, “We have two big entities [McDermont Field House and The Lindsay Wellness Center] and I would like to see the city manager give us more ways on how to have these entities become more self sufficient,” said Padilla.
After the mayor’s presentation, she invited her fellow council members to share their vision for Lindsay. Kimball’s comments were opened by reading a brief history of Lindsay’s history, after which she outlined her vision for Lindsay using the acronym FIT (friendly, innovative, and tone).
“We need to work toward keeping our city tone by maintaining what we have,” said Kimball. Much like Padilla, Kimball felt that the pre-existing qualifications would be sufficient but noted, “I think this person needs to know who we are and where we came from,” she went on to say, “I think if that person isn’t from here they need to be willing to learn.”
Council members Danny Salinas and Rosaena Sanchez spoke on the council’s need to be a unified front in order to develop the city. “We need to make sure our town is safe, we need more officers on the street, and we actually need a new facility,” Salinas continued by stating, “We need to move forward and operate as a unified front for the city’s sake.”
Sanchez reiterated Salinas’ remarks, “We do need to show people that we are unified and we do need to work together.” Sanchez stated that although the council’s votes are often split, she didn’t feel that was not a sign of disharmony. “My main goal is to see the City of Lindsay thrive.”
Interim city manager Bill Ziegler suggested that the council consider holding another study session in January 2016 to set outline the council’s vision for the city.