2005 Employee and Manager of the Nominees.doc
years, I have prepared detailed year-end evaluations of City of
Richmond services, problems challenges and wishes. Originally,
these were conveyed only to my City Council colleagues and the
city manager as a way of providing input into the annual city
manager performance evaluation and establishing my priorities
and legislative objectives for the coming year.
2003, I tried to be whimsical and authored
Out With The Old – In With The New,
January 1, 2004, providing a number of awards and multiple
choice predictions. Remarkably, several of the predictions
had choices that were dead on.
2004, I decided to expand the New Year’s Day E-FORUM,
2004 Year-End Review, December 31,
to become a broader evaluation of the City of
Richmond and to give E-FORUM readers an opportunity not only
to participate but to also play the principal role. Due to
the volume of responses from E-FORUM readers, 2004 sort of
got out of hand and expanded to 20 pages before I ran out of
time and energy. It also probed the First Amendment envelope
in Richmond, resulting in condemnation of me by many of my
City Council colleagues and others as well as feeding the
fire of what later became a harassment probe initiated by a
Nevertheless, I am again inviting E-FORUM readers to weigh in
with what you consumers of City of Richmond services want review
2005 to say about what works and what doesn’t, who works and who
doesn’t, and what will work and what won’t. Information provided
is guaranteed to be treated with complete confidentiality.
Responses from City staff are welcome. Some suggestions include:
Best and worst City departments and managers – and why.
City employees who have distinguished themselves by superior
service, ideas, leadership or deeds.
Organizations that have made Richmond a better place, and
Best and worst of what has happened in Richmond this year
that is connected with the City.
Best and worst development projects.
Predictions for the coming year.
The City management has already selected the 2005 Employee and
Manager of the Year Nominees, who will receive Special
Recognition from the City Council; and A Special Commemorative
Gift; and Recognition on the City of Richmond's website (see