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Sunday
Jan202013

List of Final Five Applicants for City of Columbia 

The State published an article containing the final 5 candidates for the City of Columbia's City Manager position.

Here they were.

Allison Baker, senior assistant city manager, Columbia. Experience in city government: 25 years total; 16 years with the city of Columbia, 5 with the city of Richmond, Va., 4 with the city of Suffolk, Va.

William Patrick Pate, assistant city manager, High Point, N.C. Experience in city government: 28 years total; 14 years with the city of High Point, 12 with the city of Greensboro, 2 with the city of Winston Salem

Leonard Frank Ragan, former city manager, McKinney, Texas. Experience in city government: 33 years total; 2 years with city of McKinney, Texas, 17 years with the city of Aurora, Colo., 10 years with the city of Bloomington, In., 4 with Henderson, N.C.

Jonathan “Fox” Simons Jr., city administrator, Easley. Experience in city government: 11 years total; 6 with Easley, 5 with Greenville

Teresa Wilson, assistant city manager, Columbia. Experience in city government: 5 years, 11 months total, all with the city Columbia. Also worked 1 year in the USC president’s office as coordinator of government and community relations

The State also posted the Manager's experience of cities referenced to salary

Columbia, S.C. – pop. 130,591

General fund budget: $300 million

Estimated number of employees: 2,200

City manager’s salary: $190,000

Years of experience: 5 years, 11 months total with city of Columbia. Also, 1 year in university government and community relations

Greenville, S.C. – pop. 60,379

General fund budget: $136 million budget

Estimated number of employees: 1,000

City manager’s salary: $158,704

Years of experience: 2 years, 6 months as city manager; 4 years, 2 months as deputy city manager/chief operating officer; 2 years, 10 months as assistant city manager; 17 years total with the city

Coral Springs, Fla. – pop. 123,338

General fund budget: $66 million

Estimated number of employees: 768

City manager’s salary: $205,000

Years of experience: 2 years, 2 months as city manager; 10 years as deputy city manager; 10 years 2 months total with the city

Raleigh, N.C. – pop. 416,468

General fund budget: $430 million

Estimated number of employees: 3,000

City manager’s salary: $232,800

Years of experience: 12 years as Raleigh’s city manager; 8 years as Rock Hill’s city manager; 4 years as Rock Hill’s assistant city manager; 4 years as Clinton’s city manager; 31 years of municipal management experience

Greensboro, N.C. – pop. 273,425

General fund budget: $450 million

Estimated number of employees: 3,000

City manager’s salary: $175,000

Years of experience: 4 years as city manager; 1 year as interim city manager; 3 years as assistant city manager; 13 years of public-private economic development experience prior to municipal government experience

 

Credit to Mindy Lucas of The State who tracked down all this data


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/01/20/2597897/city-manager-salary-comparison.html#.UPye0fKyzcs#storylink=cpy
Friday
Jan182013

Mia McLeod Goes after Governor's Medicaid Policy

In her latest blog Mia criticized the Governor's policy on not expanding Medicaid as allowed by the ACA.

She made a pretty good argument. Instead of debating the merits of Obamacare she went in a more pragmatic direction.

  • The money is there for the expansion agree or not its irresponsible not to use it to help poorer SC
  • If SC turns down the money it will go to other states not against the deficit
  • SC will get strapped with the bills for those that aren't covered through higher premiums

Her full message below

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Wednesday
Jan162013

SC Moderate Asking for Action on Gun Control

The President today asked Congress to consider gun control legislation (good summary is HERE). In doing so he drew upon his encounter with the father of one of the Newtown shooting victims. He gave the President a painting which he refered to in the message.

President After Newtown Address - From TimesUnion.com

 

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Monday
Jan142013

More Columbia Tax Dollars Going to Waste on Supermarkets?

Proposed Site of Farrow Road Shopping CenterColumbia City Council has a new plan for sparking life into one of NoCo traditionally troubled community, The Farrow Road area. The new beacon of hope? An unnamed Grocery store and Shopping plaza.

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Friday
Jan112013

Is Heritage Trying to Tone Down Demint?

Jim Demint - From Heritage FoundationThe Heritage Foundation had posted a snippet from a Washington Post OpEd piece by Jim Demint. Reading it I was excited at what was depicted as a constructive argument on how to sell the positives of Conservative thinking. Then I clicked the full version.

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