Saturday, September 21, 2019

Dr. Jim Riviere Voted Interim City Manager

Dr. Jim Riviere. Submitted

Dr. Jim Riviere. Submitted

After minimal discussion and no public comment, Marco City Council, by a 7 to 0 vote, named current Planning Board Chairman Dr. Jim Riviere Interim City Manager. Councilman Wayne Waldack nominated Riviere, noting that if approved the position would start immediately.

All council members endorsed Riviere. Chairman Frank Recker said Riviere was “methodical, consistent and straightforward.” In dealing with Riviere on the Financial Committee and the Charter Review Committee, Joe Batte said that Riviere was “well focused.” Councilman Jerry Gibson said with a smile, “First, let’s see if he will accept,” and continued, “I can’t think of a better choice at this juncture of the city.”

Asked to make a comment, Riviere said, “I am flattered by your confidence and I accept. I will do my dead level best to meet your expectations.” Alan Gabriel, City Attorney, noted that Riviere would need to submit his resignation from the Planning Board before stepping in as Interim City Manager.

Chairman Recker asked if there was public comment. General consensus was in support of Riviere, although Corky Miller commented that “things need to change or history will repeat itself.” She went on to say, “The council should be seeking to help everyone in the city succeed, including the city manager. There should be an internal process to measure success not failure. Micro-management does not work. It is necessary to trust the people who are working for you.”

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