SHOULD FRANKFORT STICK WITH THE CITY MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT OR CONVERT TO A “STRONG MAYOR” FORM OF GOVERNMENT SUCH AS MAYOR-COUNCIL? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Given the inevitable fallout from the current health crisis and economic downturn facing Frankfort, reinventing city government will not be my priority. My top priority and the city’s attention should be recovery and building a stronger Frankfort for everyone.
I will be a mayor that provides leadership and direction, allowing the city manager to focus on day to day operations of the city. My focus will be on communication and collaboration with both staff and the public, working together on policy/goal setting, improving quality of life issues, business development, and community promotion.
Considering the question of city manager versus a strong mayor may be missing the bigger opportunity. A better use of our collective energy is to look beyond the city manager/strong mayor debate and instead consider the merits of merging our city and county governments. If we are going to go through the hard work of changing our form of government, let’s make it worth the effort.