Last Friday, during Robert Layton’s first agenda review with the City Council, Mayor Carl Brewer asked the new city manager how his first week went. Layton smiled and said that it was so good he’ll be coming back for a second week after a weekend ski trip in Breckenridge, Colo. The punchline, of course, is clear to those who felt burnt by Pat Salerno’s decision to skip out on Wichita after signing a contract last summer. Well, perhaps those bristling council members will appreciate then that Salerno’s decision is following him around virtually everywhere he applies — along with the censure issued by the International City/County Management Association.
Most recently, Salerno’s flirt with Wichita has become part of his paperwork as a candidate in Coral Gables, Florida, a Miami suburb of 42,000 people. That’s according to a story in the Miami Herald, which also covered Salerno when he was city manager of Sunrise, Fla. for nearly two decades. The story reads:
“He has declined top manager posts in Fort Myers, Wichita, Kan., and Surrey, Canada. News stories about how he accepted the job in Wichita and then backed out are included in the ”city manager interview notebook,” delivered to commissioners Thursday.
”That gives me pause,” said Commissioner Maria Anderson, who had taken a preliminary perusal of the notebook on Friday.
”I want a person that if they are going to make a commitment, they are going to stick to it. Right now we need a city manager ready to step in and lead and move forward,” Anderson said.”