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A fond farewell

Mountain View throws good-bye party for City Manager Kevin Duggan

Kevin Duggan, Mountain View's city manager for 20 years, is congratulated by colleagues and friends at his farewell party held at the Senior Center, Thursday, Mar. 31. Photo by Michelle Le.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Kevin is a good example of hiring city/school management who have a community stake in the local environment. I often notice disappointing results from managers, principals, etc. that are hired from a 'national search' and really end up no better than a local boy (or girl) who has done well and is just waiting for a 'good job' to serve the local community. We have plenty of smart and ethical professional people in out local environment - I would like to see them have a chance at the local important jobs before we hire from a 'national hotshot' pool of candidates.
If someone has to 'commute' 50 miles, or hasn't held a positions for at least 5 years in one (successful) organization - I really don't care how impressively they 'interview'. Give me a more soft spoken competence.


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Posted by reader
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Apr 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Well said. I agree. The schools experience with the last superintendent, Maurice Ghysels, makes your words ring so true. Many are still suffering from fatigue from that hotshot experience.


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Posted by Send in the comments
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Your comments are valid, make sure you tell Council. They want to hear from the community as they go through the recruitment process!


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