The Jake Files

April 4, 2006

Chandler AZ City Manager Controversy

I'm not sure what this is about exactly:

CHANDLER – City Manager Mark Pentz, facing the prospect of losing his job next week, is fighting back.

In a rare move by a municipal chief executive, Pentz has asked that his normally closed-door job evaluation be held in an open City Council meeting and that confidential personnel reports be made public.

Those reports, obtained Monday by The Arizona Republic, show that Pentz has overwhelming support from top city employees and low ratings from four of the seven City Council members. Employees and elected officials were not identified in the documents.

I've read previous reports about tension between Pentz and one of the voting blocs on the council, but I've never heard what the source was.  By all accounts, Pentz has done a good job as city manager.  What makes me more curious is that the four members of the council who are opposed to Pentz are the ones I tend to favor (Westbrooks, Wallace, Orlando, and Sepulveda). 

The four – Martin Sepulveda, Matt Orlando, Phill Westbrooks and Donna Wallace – voted to hold the public meeting at 3:30 p.m. next Monday after Sepulveda's suggestion to have it at 4 p.m. today in a conference room failed.

If I'm still not employed by next Monday, I'm tempted to attend the council meeting to see what all the controversy is about. 

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2 Comments »

  1. Although I hope you find a job, if you don’t, you should go and see those four in all their glory. The whole thing is a sham–their excuse is that they are saying he’s “mediocre,” but this whole thing is not really about Mark Pentz at all. It’s about what they can do to tick off the Mayor. They don’t really have the best interest of this city at heart–their egos are too much in the way. Do you watch the council meetings? They’re very enlightening. And the whole issue with Martin Sepulveda and the military pay! I think he’s an embarrassment, as does my Army officer husband. The City never should have had to pay him. They don’t pay the ‘regular’ employees their full salary, only enough to make up for a gap in pay, should there be one. Believe me, he makes plenty on active duty. I will be signing the recall petition that will certainly be forthcoming.

    Comment by A.M. — April 6, 2006 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  2. p.s. I’ll be the one videorecording if the Council decides that they’re not going to broadcast it. I’ll be happy to give you a copy. 🙂

    Comment by A.M. — April 8, 2006 @ 8:48 pm | Reply


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