One of the reasons I jumped aboard the blog train was to offer the insights of a City Manager on the comings and goings around Kent.
Based on the questions I get asked and the expressions on the faces of the people that ask them, I’ve realized that there’s a sense that behind the curtain of city government there must be a trunk full of exciting news.
I hate to be a whistleblower on myself but I’m far more boring than I get credit for, and most of what we’re working on is hardly the kind of info-tainment that people think can be founded walking through City Hall.
Mundane is the realm where the City Manager most often finds himself — and I’m OK with that. I hate to demystify the profession but mundane in City business is a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong, Kent has been on a roll of late and that’s been remarkably exciting but before everyone rushes out to get their degree in public administration from Kent State University, keep in mind that most of what we do brings much less adrenaline.
For example, while it may seem small in comparison to all the grand openings we’ve had recently, it’s big news in my office that that the alley next to Ray’s Place has been power washed clean and Ray’s Place & Water Street Tavern have installed a trash containment system to help keep it that way.