Comprehensively Evaluate and then Replace Austin's Senior Management
We believe that Austin needs new senior management personnel – fresh, innovative, and effective city management to fulfill the full promise of our new 10-1 governing system. Manage Austin Better advocates for an immediate, rigorous, performance-based, 360-degree evaluation of Austin’s current management and then for replacing them.
Austin’s official website carries a heading marked with a small trophy icon that proclaims, “Best Managed City.” Unfortunately, this is not true. The most recent objective proof is a comprehensive study of Austin’s planning and development process last year by national urban expert Paul Zucker that concludes that it is one of the worst managed in the nation.
Austinites have had enough of slogans without action to address our worsening problems: lack of affordable housing, gridlocked traffic, poor planning, economic inequities, and displacement of non-affluent residents. City management has demonstrated repeatedly that they do not understand good management practices. They have shown that they do not understand that they serve Austinites and the Council, and not the other way around. They have made clear that they cannot be trusted to initiate innovative ideas, implement Council decisions, wisely spend tax dollars, enforce city laws, or be transparent and accountable. After eight years running the City, they have lost Austinite’s trust. Now, after the new council 10-1 has been in office a year, is the time to replace Austin’s embedded city management and fulfill the full promise of our new 10-1 governing system.
Regardless of the new Mayor’s and City Council’s policy decisions, without a fundamental change in our city management, Austin will never become the great city we all know it can and should be.
- Austin City Council
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