my opinion is they analyzed the situation and came to the conclusion that being without a city mgr. was a lot better than keeping him on. there is so much that went on behind the scenes. for example, there were MANY letters of complaint about him.
At last! Calmness and reason will return to the city building. As a former city employee while Mr. Aho was ruling, I know exactly what the employees felt and how low the morale was. Lots of work ahead to heal the city and get it back to a well-functioning municipality but the staff is certainly up for it!
Mr. Aho should be careful what he wishes for, as he might get it! He favors certain employees over others, especially those he considers "eye candy". In my over-40 years working in the business community, I have never encountered such an unprofessional manager. A new employee goes home at noon 2-3 days a week, yet gets paid her full salary. How can this happen? Because she is one of his few favorites. He lacks the intelligence to realize that treating staff well will result in better motivation and productivity. Instead, he threatens with statements like: "I don't get mad I get even." His everyday demeanor is one of looking for some poor staffer to be the victim of his ire.
I agree that Councilman Berube ought to stay out of city hall. Especially if he does not possess the motivation to do anything but hang out in Mr. Aho's office and tell him what to do. You're retired, Mr. Berube,if you can't be effective in your role, find a hobby!
Finally, the council needs to look beyond Mr. Aho's candy coated exterior and dig into what is going on inside the City building. Since his reign began, no smiles, fun or comraderie. With Ms. Roy, the Finance Director who has erected many locked doors within department for thousands of dollars, he fosters distrust among the staff. Fortunately is doesn't work, it just fosters distrust toward them.
Can anyone tell me why Ms. Roy was allowed to spend thousands of dollars installing locked doors at Public Works (to protect the money from insiders not outsiders!) when they were collecting for $20 waste permits for one month! These are the things that need to be brought out in the public eye and shame on the Council for not looking beyond the surface of what is told them.