The November 2nd ballot proposes an interesting question for the residents of Ferndale in Michigan which is do they want to change the way their government works? Do they want all the departments within their city to report directly to city manager? Basically, he would be in control of the city and with his assistant city manager already the head of the departments of treasurer/assessor and finance director that would mean they have pretty much total control of the city and all the money within it.
The Ferndalechange.com website says that it will save time, money and make things less complicated and other cities have made this change.
I am sure all residents will be in favor of saving time and money but how it will save money and the amount is unclear since they are not eliminating any departments, personnel or expenses. Saving time and making things less complicated is also a big issue but does that mean the city manager gets to decide the outcome of every issue, if that is the case then why even have council members and a mayor?
The way it works now is that the city manager, clerk, attorney, fire and police chiefs report directly to the city council and mayor. The new charter amendment proposes that all these departments report directly to the city manager and he reports to city council and the mayor. According to the ballot the city manager would get full control of all divisions and departments; you can see it for yourself at this link on the myfoxdetroit.com website.
With all the recent corruption in Detroit politics is it really wise of the city of Ferndale to give one person so much control? I certainly hope that Mr. Bruner is a man of integrity; if this amendment passes it would put him in a position of great power concerning all matters of the city of Ferndale.