City commissioners completed their annual evaluations of the City Manager, Auditor and City Clerk and Attorney on April 4. All evaluated members received high ratings, which showed strong cohesion among city leaders.
Each commissioner received a form that identified key topics for each position, ranging from “significantly below expectations” to “significantly exceeding expectations”. Commissioners also had the opportunity to provide feedback to the staff members they assessed.
“I’m always impressed with his ability to stay on top of things and always listen to residents and staff,” Commissioner Liz Alpert said of City Manager Marlon Brown. “He never lets things slip through the cracks. He is popular with staff and the community. We are lucky to have him as our general manager. »
Alpert, along with commissioners Kyle Battie and Hagen Brody, gave Brown perfect marks. Commissioner Jennifer Ahearn-Koch’s assessment said Brown met or exceeded all expectations.
Battie took his perfect assessment of Brown one step further and said Brown was a valuable asset.
“All I can say about Mr. Brown is that his promotion to city manager was the best decision this commission and this city has ever made,” Battie said. “He made my decision to be here the best decision I’ve made.”
Sarasota City Auditor and Clerk Shayla Griggs was next to be assessed by the commission and also received high marks. The one area the committee felt it needed to work on was done by Ahearn-Koch, who said she needed to improve her service as a “committee parliamentarian.”
Alpert, Mayor Erik Arroyo, Battie and Brody also praised Griggs’ work as auditor and clerk. Alpert said she continued to improve in her position but performed very well in the meantime.
“Shayla has demonstrated her ability to perform the role of municipal auditor and city clerk in an exemplary manner,” said Alpert. “She strives to improve her skills. She works well with her staff and other city employees. It was a pleasure to have her as Auditor and City Clerk.
Finally, the commission evaluated the city prosecutor Robert Fournier. Arroyo said he wants to see an improvement in Fournier’s ability to prosecute and defend legal actions the city is involved in, but broadly approves of the work Fournier has done this year.
Brody and Battie gave Fournier perfect marks. Battle said there was no comparison to the value Fournier provided to the commission, the city and the citizens of Sarasota.
“Mr. Fournier has provided an extremely high level of service, not only to me and the rest of the city, but the entire Sarasota community,” Battie said. of the citizens of this city.”
Expectations for each assessed municipal staff member were set in January. In addition to individual assessments, the commission reviewed city projects that were completed last year, as well as those that have been worked on and will be completed later.
The creation and management of COVID-19 policies was one of the main achievements mentioned by the Commissioners. This included working with Sarasota County to create the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, where the city provided resources for processing applications.
The valuation discussion also touted the city’s balanced budget for the fiscal year of $223 million with no new positions filled. The annual audit did not make any major findings other than some necessary improvements in the information technology sector.
The commission also acknowledged the approval of plans which included the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area Plan and the Bay Park Conservation Plan. Ongoing work, which included the future Sarasota Performing Arts Center and sound ordering research, was also recognized.
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