The young mayor blew an easy hire but it seems council wants an out of town white dude rather than actually dealing with residents of Kansas City or workers in their own building.
In theory, this MIGHT BE good news.
In practice, this decision gives the urban opponents of Mayor Lucas even more ammunition.
A bit of a confession . . .
CORRECTION: WHITE DUDE GETS CITY HALL JOB AFTER TKC JOKES!!!
Moreover, I think our blog community deserves credit for this move given that our skepticism, journalism and snark pushed the mayor to look beyond quotas for the new hire. Sadly, his effort was mistaken and clumsy but so is everything else about Kansas City.
Still, it's worth nothing that there are a lot of people who aren't happy about this hire. City Hall insiders seems skeptical.
Even better . . .
Now, here's the official word . . .
The city council will take a vote Thursday on whether to hire him.
October 28, 2020
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today provided his formal recommendation to the City Council regarding Kansas City's sixteenth city manager, following a 13-month long competitive nationwide search and recruitment process.
Following this extensive process—as described in Mayor Lucas's letter to Council—the mayor met with each councilmember separately to discuss their preference for city manager and saw that a supermajority of councilmembers named Brian Platt as either their clear first choice, or tied for first, for city manager. The next highest vote-getter had three votes from councilmembers as either their clear first choice or tied for first choice.
"I am inclined to agree with a supermajority of the Council—not only because of the agreement among this supermajority of the Council—but because of this individual's strong record on budget management, incentives, and affordable housing," Mayor Lucas wrote in a letter to the City Council. "Based upon sterling recommendations provided by his own colleagues and citizens, the review of our colleagues and community interview viewers and participants, and his strong work on budget challenges over recent years and reorganization of Jersey City departments, I will recommend, based upon my authority under Section 218(b) of the Kansas City Charter, Brian Platt to serve as Kansas City's sixteenth permanent city manager.
"Mr. Platt has great experience leading one of America's most diverse cities," continued Mayor Lucas. "As city manager of Jersey City, New Jersey, Mr. Platt has built a more fiscally prudent and stable government operation. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, Mr. Platt this year led Jersey City in reducing its City budget mid-year by $70 million, making creative, targeted reductions without imposing mass furloughs, layoffs, or disrupting the delivery of vital City services."
Mr. Platt holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and has extensive management experience. He and his wife, Margo, have a two-year-old daughter and have significant family ties to Kansas City. Brian's father-in-law, Marty Aaron, is a graduate of Center High School. Mr. Aaron's mother is a graduate of Paseo High School. Several members of his family remain in Kansas City and have served our community as public school teachers and local business owners for decades.
The City Council tomorrow will vote on a Mayor Lucas ordinance to codify this recommendation. If approved, Platt would tentatively begin his role of city manager on January 4, 2021.
Developing . . .