A waste of our money

Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:26 p.m.
I could do a lot with $75,000. Couldn't you? Here's what the City of Gainesville recently did with $75,000: Hired a consulting firm to find candidates to fill the general manager (GM) position at Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU).
Doesn't the city have a perfectly good Human Resources Department to advertise jobs and screen candidates? What did the city get for its $75,000? Three GM candidates, whom city officials plan to interview this weekend. Two finalists are from out of state and are asking for $250,000 per year in salary.
The last GM's salary was about $80,000 lower. One of the candidates wants up to three years' severance pay worked into the contract. The last GM's contract provided only six months' severance pay.
The third finalist is home-grown and currently works at GRU. We didn't need a consulting firm to find him.
Why didn't the consulting firm offer more candidates for final interviews? Hiring from such a small pool does a disservice to Gainesville's taxpayers and their families. Essentially, the city spent $75,000 and ended up with a very limited choice. Perhaps it's time to ask the consulting firm for a refund and start the search again.

Kendra I. Siler-Marsiglio,


Women for Wise Growth


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