Ted Siefer's City Hall: Gelinas won't seek reelection; mayor gets new desk
He's said he's still very interested in the alderman's seat, but it can wait. "I felt it was time to give myself a little rest. Sometimes being in office, you lose the perspective of being a citizen. This is going to give me two years to be a citizen," he said.
The joint Administration/Human Resources Committee on Tuesday will consider a proposal to again make economic development be a proper department, with its own director, rather than a division of the Mayor's Office.
The issue, which first arose during the debate at the May 21 meeting, concerns who would have the authority to hire and fire the two new economic development staffers. If they're working in a division of the Mayor's Office, that would be the mayor.
It also appears that the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and other local business mavens have made their views known. They've strongly advocated for the city to maintain an independent economic development office with its own chief.
"Things were going better," he said. "We certainly have been conducting economic development through the Mayor's Office."
There's something else to consider. The city's independent auditor has conducted an audit of the now-defunct Manchester Economic Development Office, and Gatsas said it should be finalized by the next aldermen's meeting.
At the aldermen's meeting earlier this month, Mayor Gatsas gave credit where it was due: Alderman Phil Greazzo, Ward 10. He's the one who proposed having the desk restored, using $2,500 in unspent municipal complex funds. The desk had been forlornly tucked away in the hallway of the Welfare Department. And to think the aldermen had worried they wouldn't be able to find a place to put it.
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