Mammoth Town Council: how about the guy we’ve got?

mltc2_5Apparently the Mammoth Town Council has kind of decided they like the guy they already have to stay on as permanent Town Manager. They will put together a contract for now Interim Town Manager Dan Holler and discuss it publicly February 19th.

The Council had debated, delayed and disagreed over hiring a consultant to recruit a permanent manager. So, finally Mayor Rick Wood said, “We heard the message that the selection process for permanent Town Manager should be transparent.” He went on to say one way to do that would be to hire a consultant, but, he said, a majority of the Council are not supportive of that. Wood then switched to a different conversation. He advised consideration of hiring Interim Manager Holler as the permanent guy.

Wood then said he had gone so far as to have discussions with the Town Attorney and Holler about terms of a contract. Wood asked his colleagues to authorize crafting an agreement for “the Town Council and the public to discuss on February 19th.”

Council woman Jo Bacon said she would like to see a contract with a “reasonable length of time and not a huge severance pay out clause and something that reflects a salary commensurate with the size of the town.”

Mayor Wood saw the same opportunity to, as he said, revamp the compensation structure for “non-union personnel.” Councilman Matthew Lehman said he agreed 100% on the severance pay which he said had been the “downfall for us over the decades.”

All of the Council agreed to direct Mayor Wood and others to come up with a deal for Holler that would be open to public discussion.

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10 Responses to Mammoth Town Council: how about the guy we’ve got?

  1. WOW! February 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Sweet! Not only was the town council not willing to do a proper search but they hired a guy who was asked to leave his last job. Why was the council not willing to look for a qualified candidate? I have heard nothing but negative things from several long time town employees about this guy. Did anyone ask the town employees what they thought of his leadership so far? When you guys start losing more town employees are you going to blame the employees or the lack of effective leadership? I guess in a town where apathy is the political norm the Town of Mammoth Lakes gets what it deserves. Glad I escaped to Bishop when I had the chance.

    • Ken Warner February 12, 2014 at 5:44 am #

      “I guess in a town where apathy is the political norm the Town of Mammoth Lakes gets what it deserves.”

      Not to worry, nobody will notice…

  2. h February 11, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Why not wait until the new Council members are elected this coming June? The community will have the opportunity following the purge of Wood and Eastman to have their newly elected officials have input on this very important decision. Why should Wood and Eastman have the right to determine our future with our new Town Manager – I’m not sure they have earned or deserve to make this important decision. Keep the current as “interim” and allow the new Council members to have input on the decision.

    • Who's Running?? February 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      There won’t be new council members because no one is running except Deb P. So, if Lehman doesn’t run again like he says he’s not, we’re still stuck with Wood and Eastman. Again.

      • Benett Kessler February 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

        Did you read the story we just posted? Mr. Eastman confirmed he will not seek re-election. Mr. Wood is still considering it.
        Benett Kessler

        • Who's Running?? February 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

          I must have missed it, Benett. Thanks for mentioning it. I guess we’ll see, won’t we? It’s a shame the job doesn’t pay more. Better people would run if they were being paid for their time.

          • Reality Check February 12, 2014 at 9:50 am #

            Remember that each elected Council Member gets full taxpayer paid health, vision, and dental benefits for themselves and any dependents. If you add that up on an annual basis, its significant compensation not withstanding the $300 per month.

  3. J. Bustos February 10, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    The council can never keep any commitment. How about sticking with the original plan and use the interim manager for the transition while they seek more qualified candidates. This guy was selected from a pool of qualified applicants of one and now he is good enough. What a joke. These short sighted decisions that become permanent are exactly the reason Mammoth got in trouble in the first place.

    Another bad decision council and the citizens will pay in the long run. But hey, he’s cheap and a quick fix. You can always fire him after you blame him for being unqualified later.

  4. sierragirl February 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

  5. 86Heard February 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Surprise! TC wouldn’t know transparency if they tripped over it.


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