Newburgh reopens city manager search

Maybe the second time will prove the charm for Newburgh’s city manager search.

On Tuesday the city re-posted a call for applicants to become the city’s permanent city manager after a search process that began in September ended with three Council members – Regina Angelo, Curlie Dillard and Gay Lee – ready to name current interim James Slaughter to the position.

Unfortunately the city charter requires a vote of the majority plus one to hire a city manager, so the current five-member Council, absent the required four votes, instead extended Slaughter’s term as interim another six months. After Jan. 1, the votes required to hire a city manager by an expanded seven-member council will rise to five.

Mayor Judy Kennedy said she preferred to launch another search to give the three new incoming members of the Council a vote on the new city manager.

Councilman Cedric Brown said Slaughter, who held the position of economic development director when he was named interim, lacks the qualities needed to manage the city.  

Twenty attributes for the ideal city manager are listed in the current posting. The first: “be politically sensitive and results oriented.” Maybe the emphasis should be on “politically sensitive.”

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