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Consider This...Regular reviews of city management necessary

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I heard something this week that surprised me. According to Lubbock City Councilman Victor Hernandez, our top city administrators do not receive consistent annual evaluations by the Mayor or City Council.

He wants to change that. Hernandez also wants those evaluations to include specific direction from council and timelines for the completion of those initiatives.

One could easily assume if there is no news about their performance, that the news is good and everyone is happy. But that's rarely the case anywhere.

Consider this:

I agree with Councilman Hernandez on this issue. The taxpayers of Lubbock deserve to know if the people they are paying to run the city are meeting the expectations of the people they elect.

City staff, especially managers, are historically not easily accessible. But elected council members, if they want to stay in office, have to be accessible.

Council members are expected to discuss this proposal at an upcoming meeting. I would encourage their support, and I'll bet other taxpayer's would as well.  

Our city management team has a big job, and they are paid very well. So when it comes to job performance, there is too much at stake to continue the "no news is good news" approach.

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