Residents of Marco Island will soon be put through the trial and cost of finding a new city manager. My guess is the cost will be approximately $50,000 just to find the Mr. (or Mrs.) Right.
Having lived here for 16 years, the very best city manager has been Bill Moss, currently the Naples city manager. The next best was Dana Souza, who was the director of parks and recreation with strong family ties on Marco and was acting city manager for only two months until the circus train arrived with Steve Thompson aboard.
Thompson hails from Greenville, S.C.. Dana did a very thorough job, alienating some of the city workers by asking them questions about their poor work habits and accounting practices. Dana becomes director of parks and recreation in Greenville, S.C. where Thompson came from. It doesn’t take long for Thompson to screw up. So the city pols get the bright idea to name local Jim Riviere city manager.
It’s time to pack up the menagerie, get professional, send for Souza in Greenville, save lots of money on search fees, and get a guy who isn’t beholding to all the old political gods of Marco. Our new council appears untainted, you’ll love Souza! If you guys are looking for a suck-up kinda guy, don’t call Dana, lose his number.