Raleigh council responds to magazine criticism
Posted July 8, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — After being criticized in a national magazine, Raleigh City Council members were divided Monday over how to respond.
A column in a recent issue of Governing magazine stated that the council was "overdoing hands-on government" because it fired longtime City Manager Russell Allen.
"It's just one person's opinion in a magazine in a little column," Mayor Nancy McFarlane said. "I mean, I'm sure that people read it, but would you really put that against the strength of what this city is and how well-known we are?"
Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said, however, that she worries about the column's impact in Raleigh's search for a new city manager.
"I think we need to show from our actions and our words that that's not the case," Baldwin said. "I think just sitting here and doing nothing tells people, 'Well, maybe it is.'"
City officials said they hope to name a new manager by October.