Councilman defends Columbia city manager finalist

first_imgOf all the city manager candidates out there, why did Columbia pick a finalist who’s been fired three times and taken at least one old employer to court? reports James Palenick’s run with a town in New Mexico ended with a legal battle, among other stops that were contentious at times.Councilman Michael Trapp says on The Gary Nolan Show that’s actually pretty common in this job.“Most city manager positions end badly. City councils and mayors get elected, and then they hire a person who shares a vision with the majority of those folks, and then they change.”Palenick is now the city administrator in Racine, Wisconsin. He’s up against Columbia’s interim city manager, John Glascock. You can meet them during an open house Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at city hall.last_img

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