Friday, May 30, 2014

The Stanton Years

On April 4, 2011 former City Manager Susan Stanton in a City workshop evaluating her performance, stated, following 727 days in the job:

“I still believe that I have the necessary skills, passion and energy to professionalize Lake Worth’s City government to make it a positive environment for businesses and residents to thrive and prosper. Lake Worth is a community which has not been able to fully take advantage of all its untapped assets and natural resources.  Most of all, Lake Worth is a city in desperate need of an involved City Manager who can bond to the community and sustain an effective management team capable of improving City services for the many critical years ahead.”

Prescient, she was.

She was fired 246 days later.

Our current city manager, Michael Bornstein, has been on the job for 773 days.

On June 3, 2012, Willie Howard, a Palm Beach Post reporter quoted Lake Worth resident Barbara Jean Weber as saying, "it might take a year on the job before Bornstein's effectiveness can be measured." Ms. Weber went on to say, quoted by Mr. Howard, "Michael Bornstein seems to be a happy soul and seems to be happy with the job, I suspect his stamina has not yet been tested."