Warner Robins Mayor wants public opinion before making decision on city manager
"I want to know what people think, I want to know what we can do, give us options, but it's about the citizens of Warner Robins and I don't think they're ready to change the form of government," said Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen, discussing a proposed change in city government structure by Warner Robins City Council Members.
The proposal would use a city manager to run the day to day operations of the city. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, minimizing the duties and authority of the mayor.
While Shaheen says having an administrator run the day to day operation of the city would be effective, it's important to have a mayor who is the CEO and can lead with one single vision.
"Your mayor is your ambassador, he is the voice and the face of the city, and I try to do that especially, and this is what the people want, when you have the largest employer in the state of Georgia, they want to make sure that we work good together," Shaheen said.
Instead of a city manager reporting to The Council, Shaheen says that position should report to the mayor, allowing city government to work more effectively.
"There's so many projects going on it would be nice to be able to have someone that could make sure projects get done with a program management chart to make sure dates get done, this is done, and to continue to show progress for the citizens of Warner Robins," Shaheen said.
Shaheen says right now The City Council seems split on the idea, but it's the people of Warner Robins whose opinions matter most.
"I want to listen to the people, if the people want to change our form of government, then we'll do that, but right now I think the citizens of Warner Robins want to keep it the way it is," Shaheen said.
Warner Robins Council Member Mike Brashear is reportedly spearheading the proposal. In an e-mail Brashear says he is "not available to discuss."