FROM MIKE BRADLEY
April 7, 2002
Hello Mac and Doris,
You mentioned earlier Mac that an update on my resignation with the City might be appropriate. I don't know how interesting it is but here is the story.
In September of 2000 the City Manager asked me to take a one-year assignment as the Director of Organizational Development. I accepted. My role was to serve as an internal consultant to the CM, all department heads and senior staff. I was to also manage a contract we had with an external consulting team from Arizona State University. Our focus was on organizational improvement and developing the leadership capabilities of all managers within the City's organization.
While serving in that capacity, the CM received approval to appoint a second Deputy City Manager. I was pretty shocked to see the job description written off my resume. I did not apply for the position, as I was anxious to return to my position as the Fire Chief at the end of one year. I was then told that I would not be returning to Fire and that I would serve as the OD Director for as long as I was needed. In the meantime, I was given several other projects, including project management of a 125 million dollar Capital Improvement Program, Facilities Planning, and the Customer Service Program.
In the meantime, the external consultants quickly found out that the CM really didn't want to improve the organization at all. He was only interested in not having the City Council fire him. Employees were lodging harassment complaints against him and I was the new buffer between him and a bunch of pissed off people. In the interest of not appearing to support him and his actions, I resigned on the spot one Friday.
My resignation and the City Manager's actions are now the focus of a new Mayor/Council race. One mayoral candidate is running on a platform that I become the City Manager; the other that the CM is fired and I return as the Fire Chief.
In the meantime, Margie and I bought a little horse ranch outside of Flagstaff. This relocation will prevent me from returning to the City in any capacity. I have just accepted the position of Deputy Fire Chief with the Highlands Fire Department. The HFD is a consolidation of three rural FD's just south of Flagstaff. We have three stations and cover a 30 square mile area.
Margie and I are in hog heaven. Our new place has a fantastic view of the San Francisco Peaks. I have been doing a little cattle punching for a small outfit here in Northern Arizona. When I am not working or wrangling' I am hunting, hiking, or biking with the boys (Grant is almost 20 and Drew is 16). We are also the proud grandparents of a one-year-old named Wyatt.
We do have a guest house here on the ranch so stop by and visit. Say hello to everybody!
FROM THE TRAV'LIN SMITHS
HI Mac & Doris
Great job on the web page!!!!! We are in Oregon, Harrisburg to be exact. Once again they are repairing our coach, nothing major, just the annual tune up. Although we have always complained about our door not having a deadbolt on it. They fina.lly corrected this problem by installing a new door frame and door. We are very happy about that. Our aqua hot needed servicing, so we had that done. I had ordered the parts from aqua hot in Colorado and was going to do it myself, but the convenience of having them do it was more compelling. When they did it, they ran into problems and a 2 hour job turned into 2 days. We had a paint scratch on the back of the motorhome from when our towbar broke, and the car kissed the back of the motorhome. Plan on going to cummins tomorrow to have our rear end, differential, changed. We have heard a whiny noise and it was starting to get louder, so they will replace it tomorrow. We make it a point of keeping our house in good working order, otherwise things seem to pile up all at once. Our plans are to stay in the northwest most of the summer and then to Kansas for the big fmca rally. After that we will head to arizona for the winter, where we are hosting 2 dinners, november and february, for the monaco coach owners. Right now looking forward to getting all of our service done.
Oh, we also bought property in christmas valley, or. This will be our new residence in oregon, even though we have not seen it yet. We will keep you informed of our moves, G&R