Letters, May 20
Hanks should not be made permanent
Ashland’s temporary City Manager Adam Hanks should not be made permanent manager.
Voters made clear that they want change. Hanks is a career Ashland employee who does not have the education and real life experiences with managing other cities to give insight to different perspectives.
Money spent to recruit a highly qualified and experienced city manager can save Ashland millions in the future.
There are those on the council who seem to be wedded to current operations. They do not seem bothered by high taxes and fees put upon residents.
In contrast most of the new councilors and the mayor seem to want Ashland to get its expenses and staffing in line with other cities. They want Ashland to be a diverse community with all income levels (as it has been historically).
Because of these different perspectives, councilors will always be pulling in different directions and challenging each other’s ideas — which is healthy in order to approach reality and obtain the best ideas — and to hold individual councilors accountable to voters. Unanimous council votes are not desired.
With Ashland’s new structure which gives the city manager greater powers, it is crucial that Ashland hires a new city manager promptly.