To all our Chinese friends.
What a great weekend here on the Island. I did manage to pick up a bug from someone but it was still worth it. Thanks Rob and Paula and Neil and April for kicking off the weekend in such a grand fashion. Saturday was mudbugs at the Fishers and then on to Masseys’ for a Great Saturday night. Congrats to the newlyweds Mark and Wendi. Sunday was football and Monday is gorgeous. I’m sitting here with the doors opened up listening to somebody and their chainsaw.
Next weekend is a chili party like you’ve never seen. Some of our neighbors submitted a petition to get it stopped but the latest news has it on much as it has been for the last 25+ years.
In case you didn’t see this. Congrats to Mrs. Mericle. Karen Thank you for your dedication and all your hard work. We, as a city are fortunate to have you.
City of Clear Lake Shores
Mayor’s Office 1006 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2012
City Secretary receives Public Finance Certification
Karen Mericle, City Secretary for the City of Clear Lake Shores, recently graduated from the
Institute of Governmental Finance.
The Institute of Governmental Finance is sponsored through the Texas Tech University
graduate program in Public Administration and is a professional education program in
governmental budgeting, accounting, and finance for local and state government employees in
Mericle was one of 20 students accepted to the program in the state and was placed in the
inaugural session. The program consists of a total of 36 contact hours of on-site instruction from
known experts in each of the three areas: budgeting, accounting, and finance. In addition, the
program includes a competency examination at the end of the coursework.
Mericle has been the City Secretary for Clear Lake Shores since August 2004 and also serves as
the city’s accountant. She has over 16 years of governmental experience and also has the
designation of Texas Registered Municipal Clerk.
Who’s up for a short stroll down memory lane?
“One person wrote:
“The City Admin job was created for Paul Shelley. He was performing the duty so a group of "reasonable heads" prevailed and created the position to justly and rightfully compensate Paul Shelley for his service to this community. Like him or not he worked hard here. Successfully for many years.”
This is a somewhat positive comment but not accurate as to why the job was created. The CA job was not created for Paul Shelley. In 2006, Mayor McIntyre and Council was focused on some strategic thinking ( a unique process given our current council) as to how they wanted to organize the city going forward. Up to that time, there had been only a part time mayor, city secretary, a police chief and, in the last year a Public Works Director who was doing a terrible job and was costing us almost $100K with benefits. They all recognized that things were getting too complex and the city needed more continuity and a full time administrator, what we called a City Administrator. (Note; the term City Manager has a legal distinction and cannot be used by General Law City. If you want a GL City Manager form of government voters have to make the decision and if approved the CM is appointed by Council.)
They hired a former city manager as a consultant and went through a planning process to define the role of CA. In doing so it was decided to redefine the role of the mayor which they did. By the end of the summer of 2006, we had unanimous agreement on the definition of those jobs.
When we got around to figuring out how to implement this new organization, things got interesting. McIntyre wanted to hire a half time CA at $40,000- $50,000 a year. Some disagreed that this was practical. Instead it was agreed that we would:
1) Do away with the Director of Public Works job, saving $100 K a job.
2) Give Paul the job on a one year trial basis with a raise; I think $10,000. He had not been involved in the city administration at all but had a lot of knowledge about the city and was a known commodity.
3) Appoint Kenny as Asst Chief. He was expected to handle the day to day police dept stuff to free up time for Paul to do the CA job. Paul could keep the title so he could keep his peace officer license.
McIntyre and Cummings were pissed but it got passed in September 2006. A year later, everyone thought it was going well and we made the arrangement permanent. A final draft evaluation Discussed and signed by council shows he was doing a good job but also identified areas for improvement. Too be expected!!
Last but not least, This is to the spineless anon poster @ 10:56 and 11:04. You suck. And leave a bruise. To throw out accusations that have no basis in fact and then attempt to perpetuate same bullshit is exactly how all this started in the first place. Your tactics reek and you are a steaming pile. Get off my blog you troll. Go to Jeans website. You’ll be right at home. Get comfy, anon is dead.
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