June 05, 2013 - A certain level of controversy swirled around the City Council while they worked through the process of selecting a new city manager, after Dennis Ritter announced his retirement.
It was interesting to read the number of letters to the editor of this publication criticizing the process.
What I found interesting was most were written by Independence Township residents.
I was astounded to see people, who don't live in the city, cite chapter and verse of the City Charter when those who live here probably have never even read the document.
Not one of the people from the township, who wrote the newspaper, asked to see the 13 resumes that were submitted, came to any of the interviews, or attended the council meeting when the final interviews was conducted.
Not one heard the explanation of law cited by city attorney Tom Ryan.
There are two ways to look at that type of situation. Was township residents spoon fed information from someone within the city that did not have enough nerve to put a name on a letter to the editor?
Or, and this is the position I'm taking, the critics who wrote so passionately about city politics identify with the city because it's THEIR town.
It's where their heart is. They want things right because they care. I choose not to think negatively but instead start a "Think Positively Clarkston" campaign and encourage people, not to stop criticizing, but to criticize with a solution. Be proactive and be part of an answer. Step up, raise your hand and ask a question from the actual source before you pick up the pen.
I'm beginning my tenure as city manager by starting a "Think Positive Clarkston" committee.
The purpose of this group is to "think," "converse," "brain storm," about ways to move the city forward suggesting new ways of doing things, in essence creating a positive energy.
The committee is open to ANYONE who thinks of Clarkston as their town. I already have a spark of an idea and need some help.
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by City Hall to volunteer.
Finally, I'd like to say that I am excited about working for the Clarkston community. I moved to Clarkston in 1972 and into the city in 1982.
I applied for this position because my heart is here and I wanted to make a difference in the Community I live in. I'm inviting you to join me in this exciting adventure called the City of Clarkston community.
Carol Eberhardt is city manager for City of the Village of Clarkston