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Special City Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Friday, July 22, 2016

12:30 p.m. 

Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

10.    Roll Call

20.    Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
30.    Ordinances and Resolutions
         20.1 SECOND READING
COUNCIL BILL 2016-87 An ordinance authorizing execution of an Employment Agreement with Rob Patridge for the position of City Manager.
40.    Adjournment
12:30 p.m. 
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 12:38 p.m. in the Medford City Hall Council Chambers on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski
Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
20.    Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
20.1  John Howard, 1518 Bluebonnet Avenue, spoke in favor of hiring Rob Patridge for the position of City Manager.
20.2  David Smith, 241 Saginaw Drive, spoke in favor of hiring Rob Patridge for City Manager.
20.3  Bryan Baumgartner, representing the Medford Fire Fighterís Association, encouraged the Council and Mayor to move forward collectively in a positive direction supporting the majority vote that occurred last night.
20.4  Mark Patterson, Vice President of the Medford Police Officerís Association, agreed with Mr. Baumgartnerís comments and would like Council to move forward with the vote for Rob Patridge.
30.    Ordinances and Resolutions
30.1 SECOND READING - COUNCIL BILL 2016-87 An ordinance authorizing execution of an Employment Agreement with Rob Patridge for the position of City Manager.
MotionAdopt the ordinance authorizing execution of an Employment Agreement with Rob Patridge for the position of City Manager.
Moved byChris Corcoran                                               Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Mayor Wheeler stated Mr. Patridge has extensive experience in his career as an attorney, as reflected in his resume. His concerns are as follows: Medford is a city of almost 80,000 with a budget of 273 million dollars. We have 439 full time employees, 185 part time employees for a total of 624 employees and 11 departments. Mr. Patridge has never managed anything of this size. His experience, with the exception of Klamath County District Attorney and OLCC, has always been midlevel management as a legal counsel. He has not been a CEO, COO or a CFO of any organization of Medfordís size and complexity.
As City Manager he will carry out Council policies and work with staff to see that the policies are set in place. Medford is a 24/7, 365 City and it never sleeps. The City Manager is always on call and available to respond to any issues that may arise. He always keeps the Council informed of any emergencies or other important items.
He works with senior staff setting Council agenda, developing the budget and updating ordinances, codes, etc.
He will, for a period of time, be on a steep learning curve, placing demands and additional burdens on staff to help him learn how to do his job. Managing the City is the equivalent of being a CEO of a large business. This is not an entry level job.
Mr. Patridge brings nothing new to our city. He represents more of a status quo management style. We have an opportunity to actually change the culture in our city by bringing a fresh perspective and a new management style to move our city forward.
Mayor Wheeler stated he will veto this ordinance and will place a written statement into the record at the time of the veto. He stated he sees this as an opportunity to bring change to our city. He also sees it as a positive act.
The veto allows us to do what we should have done at the beginning of the process a year ago, which is to find the best person for the city, not what is familiar and comfortable.
Mayor Wheeler stated he intends to keep the Council informed of his decision. He remarked that at least two of our Councilors will be out of town next week and will take that into account. He would like everyone present if there is a vote to override his veto.
Councilmember Corcoran thanked Mayor Wheeler on his decision and questioned when he made his mind up as far as the veto. Mayor Wheeler remarked within the last few days. Councilmember Corcoran questioned comments made in the paper pertaining to the veto and a comment pertaining to another meeting. City Attorney Lori Cooper read the charter and guidelines for special meetings. Councilmember Corcoran questioned when he would sign the veto; Councilmember Jackle stated that Council can set another meeting. Ms. Cooper stated Council cannot set another meeting as the mayor has not rejected or turned in his veto. Councilmember Gordon believed Council could set a meeting as was done for this meeting. Ms. Cooper thought Council could set a meeting after the ten days allowed for the veto. Councilmember Bearnson requested a meeting tomorrow; Councilmember Jackle stated he would be out of town.
Roll callCouncilmembers Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Matthews, and Zarosinski voting yes; Councilmembers Bearnson, Bunn, and Stine voting no.
Ordinance 2016-87 was duly adopted.
40.    Adjournment
There being no further business, this Council meeting adjourned at 12:58 p.m.
The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded and are filed in the City Recorderís Office. The complete agenda of this meeting is filed in the City Recorderís Office.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder


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