Since Gus Vina resigned as Sacramento’s city manager in April of this year, Bill Edgar has been serving as the interim city manager. However, potentially as soon as this Thursday the city may be hiring a permanent city manager. The leading candidate is John Shirey, currently the executive director of the California Redevelopment Association. But there is some controversy.
Shirey has been a city manager before, from 1994 to 2001 he was the city manager of Cincinnati. During his time there the media repeatedly reported on his contentious relationship with the city council as well as with public safety officials, businesses, and some community groups. In fact, his resignation in 2001 came because of riots in the city over the shooting of a black man by Cincinnati police. If chosen, Shirey will be the fourth city manager in 18 months. Judging from his past, Shirey will need to work hard to build strong ties to the community and to city council members in order to stop Sacramento’s continual search for a city manager that fits.