TO:Greg Kisela, City Manager Donna Steinebach, Administrative Services Director
One of the most important documents on the CoPO website is the Auburn Technical Assistance Center – “Are We Making Progress?” dtd 13JUL2013.
I’m sad that I just found it this morning, 02JUL2014. Almost one year later. When I connect the dots of the ATAC report and the 11JAN2014 Strategic Planning Workshop it is clear what is the critical, overriding priority. It’s not Riverwalk. It’s not Cypress Head Golf Course. It’s not not a lot of other things. It’s the redevelopment of the City of Port Orange workforce/team.
And here are some ‘off the top of my head’ thoughts …
I know you’re homesick and are leaving within 60 days. But I’m going to strongly suggest to you, the City Council, and anyone I talk to, that your primary focus, in your time remaining be:
- to build a team to step up and manage the city
- under these circumstances, it’s too much for one person
- free you and employees to validate and frame the findings of the ATAC
- for you and the employees to jointly develop and implement
- short-term actions and changes
- and set in motion or map longer-term direction
- and suggest the framework for sustainability
If there is a critical success factor for the future of Port Orange – this is it. The CoPO team has to be empowered, given the tools and support to succeed. Both individually and for the benefit of city/taxpayers. We need to secure this investment. I wanted to float this to you and Ms. Steinebach before going to City Council and trying to get this on the agenda as soon as possible.
No response is required. You may not agree. But someone has to step up, focus, and make this happen.
Tom [Tommy] Menocal
Port Orange, FL
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