Wither the City Manager?

I'm sure all the city manager types among you have seen this NYT story by now. If you haven't, get reading. According to the Times, ...
by | January 11, 2007
 

I'm sure all the city manager types among you have seen this NYT story by now. If you haven't, get reading. According to the Times, and I'm paraphrasing here, your profession is retiring out of existence.

The article also cites annoying local politics, low salaries and grinding work schedules as reasons why cities are having a hard time filling city-manager openings. As David Johnson, the former manager of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, who is profiled in the piece, puts it, "You can't go to the grocery store, cafe or convenience store without someone telling you they have a leak in the front yard or a pothole in their driveway."

Did the Times get it right? Is the job that rough? Are there fewer young 'uns going into public service to replace all the retiring Baby Boomers? Why? Let 'er rip in the comments. (You can remain anonymous if you have to).

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