Dear Billy Tauro and The Somerville News Weekly Speak Up Line,
In other cities the city employees, managers and heads of departments do NOT have to kiss the Mayor’s butt. In other cities the Mayor kisses the butt of the city employees and has a duty to do so. If the Mayor doesn’t keep the employees happy then the city workers will support the new candidate and the current Mayor will lose his job. In other cities employees and managers can and do “Voice” the opinions without fear of retaliation from their current Mayor.
Because in other cities the city workers are hired and cannot lose their positions even if a new Mayor is elected. BUT in Somerville a newly elected Mayor can and will hire new folks for many city positions. The only position in the other cities is the Mayor’s assistant that can be terminated and replaced with a new incoming Mayor to avoid any animosity towards the new Mayor.
To keep it simple, the “Fear Factor” and “Intimidation Factor” from the Mayor of Somerville needs to be removed and that is assuring that all city employees, managers will keep their positions even if a new Mayor is elected. This will also remove the butt kissing and “dog and pony” shows that managers/employees have to display in front of the current Mayor in order to keep their job. Managers and employees will then be able to STOP “frosting the cake” even though they are disgruntled with the Mayor. They will be able to talk to the media and the press without fear of retaliation from the Mayor. They will also be able to “Voice” their opinions to the Mayor without “sugar coating” it.
Most other cities the Mayor will receive a “hand me down” old police cruiser as their city vehicle and without a chauffeur. Somerville needs to stop supplying a big luxury SUV with a chauffeur for the Mayor. In other cities there are no Mayor’s Thanksgiving dinners and extravagant firework displays. Those are “buy your vote” tactics the Mayor utilizes towards the residents. Those funds should be for pay raises for the employees, new equipment for the city departments and to help keep the tax rates down in Somerville.
It’s time for the Somerville city employees to realize they are living in the dark ages of politics that no longer exists in other cities. These scare tactics by the Mayor are antiquated in other cities.
That dim light that is slowly fading away in Somerville for the Mayor is his job and hopefully the new Mayor will not follow the same path. Hopefully the city workers will wake up and realize they are in control of the Mayor’s future and job. NOT vice versa !
Somerville resident and retired city employee/manager.