Pat Salerno, with 18 years of experience managing rapid growth in Sunrise, Fla., appears to be a qualified prospect for the city manager opening â€” heâ€™s experienced and results-oriented â€” although his forced resignation in his last job and reputation for secrecy are serious concerns.
â€œThere can be no room whatsoever for holding information back,â€ said council member Jim Skelton.
Itâ€™s good that the council held a public forum Monday to allow Wichita citizens to see the candidate up close and ask questions. (The forum will be rebroadcast on the cityâ€™s cable Channel 7 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.) This models the kind of transparency and accountability Wichita expects in its next manager. Council members and the public still need to interview several other candidates, though, before determining the best fit for Wichita.