Recently, the City Council fired the City Manager without explanation. Before that, the City Council fired the City Attorney without explanation. These moves sent shock waves through the City and cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars and staggering amounts of institutional memory.
Councilmembers also violated the chain of command established in the City Charter and interfered with staff doing their jobs.
No wonder City workers left in droves.
This is an urgent problem. We need a fully staffed workforce to deliver the services we rely on. Already, we're losing grants because there aren't enough people to do the work, and more staff will burn out and leave if we don't act soon.
To stabilize City government, we need to make East Lansing an attractive employer again. The first step is to elect a Council that will govern predictably and transparently.