History and Analysis of the Commission and City-Manager Plans of Municipal Government in the United States
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1918 Excerpt: ... VII QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF CITY-MANAGER The city-manager plan, like any other form of government, is no miracle in itself. "Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too."" There is no such thing as a perfect form of government--municipal, State or national. So long as government must be administered by men the success or failure of a particular form of government, no matter what its form may be, will be largely decided by the kind of men who are entrusted with its administration. The form of government is important only in so far as it facilitates or obstructs them in the performance of their functions. Assuming that the city-manager plan is a good and adequate instrument with which to carry out the work of governing cities, the question still remains, what should be the standard qualifications in the new profession of city-manager? This question is of the utmost importance when one considers how many good measures and how many good laws have fallen into disrepute simply because of administration by the wrong kind of men, or of the lack of specially prepared administrative officials. In answering the question concerning the requirements for jity-manager, one should constantly bear in mind the functions which the city-manager is called upon to perform. It is only from a thorough understanding of the nature of the city-manager's work that a conclusion can be reached as to the necessary and standard qualifications for such a profession. From the analysis of some of the typical city-manager statutes, charters, and ordinances mentioned elsewhere in this study, and from the conclusions of competent authorities, the following are apparently the general powers us...
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