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City manager departure doesn’t make any sense


April 27, 2016

We in Sweet Home have suddenly found ourselves in a situation we haven’t experienced in 18 years with the forced retirement of City Manager Craig Martin: going in a very new direction.

As reported on page 1, council members voted 5-1 last week to end Martin’s contract with the city.

The elephant-in-the-room question here is: Why?

Why would City Council members suddenly effectively dismiss a city administrator whose tenure is nearly three times the average length of those in his position in cities today?

Why would they make this move without even giving Martin an evaluation over the...

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