Regular readers of this site know that we are pretty hawkish when it comes to taxes and spending. But I want to be one of the voices who congratulate Niagara Falls for going out and spending what was required to bring in top notch talent for City Administrator. While some may blink at the price tag, $110,000, the fact is you get what you pay for.
Previous City Adminstrators made $60K which may help explain the state of government in Niagara Falls. Local foundations will kick in to help pay for some of the salary to ease additional burden on taxpayers.
Of course, a salary like this in a town as poor as Niagara Falls is bound to cause some stir...especially when huge numbers of citizens are on public assistance. But again, you get what you pay for and the city needs some good, talented people in leadership positions.
Now, the real question is will this woman bring fresh ideas, good management skills and the ability to work with others to the position or will she think she IS the chief executive like another out of towner who came to town....Greg Lewis, I'm looking at you.
Seriously, best of luck. The full story on her hiring can be found at: http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/niagaracounty/story/340083.html