You have to give Democrats their due when they continue to do something right, especially when it’s happening in the disaster that Manassas Park has become. In this instance, Suhas Naddoni is raising some questions about appointing City Attorney Dean Crowhurst as acting City Manager and paying scarce taxpayer dollars to buy out outgoing City Manager Mercury Payton’s contract, as if the city was suddenly awash in extra money instead of being on the edge of financial collapse.
Please do not buy-out Mercury Peyton, the Manassas Park City Manager’s contract worth approximately $70,000 (salary & benefits) without him rendering services. Mercury has served Manassas Park well for more than 5 years. His contract does not expire until March 2011 and he has every intention of serving out his term. We should use his experience and expertise to help us recruit a new City Manager and work out the transition.
Please do not appoint the City Attorney as the acting City Manager. I have not found precedence in Virginia, of the City Manager and City Attorney being the same person. In my opinion the City Manager and City Attorney are separate entities necessary to keep checks and balances over city matters. Additionally please don’t burden the City Attorney with the added responsibility.
Suhas Naddoni, Councilmember, City of Manassas Park.
This idea is just so wrong on so many levels. Kudos to Naddoni for at least raising some questions about this, even though a more appropriate response might be to call for an FBI investigation into the stunning amount of corruption that mires Manassas Park solidly in the horrific mess it faces. When you’re on the inside though, I can understand not openly declaring war on the Manassas Park Cabal, given what they did to the last Governing Board member who raised questions about Dean Crowhurst.
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