The Daily Chronicle notes that new DeKalb city manager Anne Marie Gaura has made some personnel changes. I am particularly gratified by this statement:
The moves all deal with personnel issues, a subject on which employers are generally limited on what they can say, but they could have announced they happened.
The Chronicle’s actual main point is that Gaura is shaking things up and it looks like the aim is to save money while improving service. This is something I’d love to embrace 100% but I keep getting hung up on the city’s failure to communicate these decisions until confronted.
By passing up opportunities to announce changes, DeKalb is squandering opportunities to rebuild trust that previous city leaders destroyed through a culture of dishonesty and secrecy.
Speaking of which, have you seen the video of Saturday’s town hall meeting yet? Distrust and suspicion were recurring themes.
Mayor Rey has un-ironically declared on his Facebook page, “I see a better, safer and more transparent DeKalb.”
Yet DeKalb is a town that:
– Told no one that its finance director had resigned until specifically asked about it more than a month later.
– Refused to announce the location of its warming center during the worst of the winter.
– Allowed citizens to find out the hard way last week that there was no one available to issue the permits that they needed.
The above events don’t reflect a better, safer or more transparent DeKalb. They are anti-public relations and furthermore enough removed from common sense as to have ventured a toe into the realm of the bizarre.