New Zealand city official chosen as PT City Manager

John Mauro selected to replace veteran city manager

Posted 6/20/19

Although no contract has been signed, the Port Townsend City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to select John Mauro as its preferred candidate to replace David Timmons as city …

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New Zealand city official chosen as PT City Manager

John Mauro selected to replace veteran city manager

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Although no contract has been signed, the Port Townsend City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to select John Mauro as its preferred candidate to replace David Timmons as city manager.

Mauro currently serves as the chief sustainability officer for the city of Auckland in New Zealand, but was a policy analyst in the Seattle mayor’s office prior to taking that position.

City Finance and Administrative Services Director Norah Mitchell credited business management consultants Peckham and McKenney with helping the city to narrow the field.

City Council member Michelle Sandoval set the tone for the comments that followed by naming Mauro as her choice due to his intelligence, curiosity and level of engagement with the community at events this week.

“He has a modern outlook,” said Sandoval. “And the Pacific Northwest is in his blood, even though he lives quite far away.”

Deputy Mayor David Faber Mauro had done homework about Port Townsend “above and beyond what we ever could have expected.”

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HarveyW

Mr. Mauro enters with clean hands and a capable background. I am glad he has a "modern outlook". I have felt things being a bit autocratic for quite a while. He is the sole employee of the No Term Limit Port Townsend City Council and appointed Mayor. He is essentially a new tool in old hands. Questions that remain unanswered are

1) Should municipal codes or any law or code be ignored in any aspect of planning, including letting existing systems or policies starve to death?

2) Have you ever stood up to any entity you worked under for ethical reasons? Explain.

3) You would be taking over from a past 20 year City Manager who abandoned parking enforcement in the entire downtown Historic District years ago. Well documented. Would you have anticipated any problems with the limited resource? Do you see any now?

4) Do you feel there are better checks and balances with no term limits (up to 18 years so far) on your employers, the City Council, or term limits to assure special interests don't become imbedded?

5) Have you ever worked under an appointed Mayor? Do you believe there are better checks and balances under an appointed Mayor or an elected Mayor?

6) Will you be working for all of the people of Port Townsend, or a no term limit City Council? If the two interests diverge in your opinion, is it likely you would simply do as told by the City Council? If not what would you do?

The norm is the sound of crickets and the faint odor of corrupted thinking. Here is to a fresh wind blowing and the sound of answers.

Thursday, June 20