February 4, 2011

Lebanon Lands Lewis

Alas, it appears the Greg Lewis era has come to an end in Niagara County. From today's Lockport Union Sun & Journal:

Former Niagara County Manager Gregory D. Lewis has been appointed the city manager of Lebanon, N.H. Lewis will begin the job Feb. 28, Lebanon Mayor Georgia Tuttle announced in a press release Thursday. Lewis, the first Niagara County manager, left the county’s employ Nov. 30, when his contract expired. After two terms and 7 years on the job, he did not seek reappointment.

The City of Lebanon received more than 100 applications for the city manager’s post, according to Tuttle.

“In the end we were able to attract a manager with the depth of experience we need for the future, who has worked both in a smaller rural and in bigger, more urban settings,” she said.

The release described Lewis as an administrator who “professionalized the management of county government in a notoriously complex political environment long marred by contentious partisanship, patronage hiring, union relations problems, and entrenched resistance to change.” It credited him with streamlining Niagara County government, standardizing labor contracts, improving efficiencies and staffing and “minimizing tax increases. While his accomplishments were not without controversy, he built a reputation for professionalism and accessibility to the public.”

The City of Lebanon has an annual budget of $46 million and 182 employees. The city manager is the only employee hired by the city council; the manager is in charge of hiring and supervising all other city staff.

I especially love the part about "Lewis as an administrator who professionalized the management of county government in a notoriously complex political environment long marred by contentious partisanship". Really makes you wonder what bullshit Lewis fed them - and their level of intelligence for buying into it.

Lewis now heads to his next "greatest" gig, where he's sure to don a "I
Lebanon" pin within the first week. Of course, after working in Kansas, Minnesota, New York and now New Hampshire, Lewis has shown a penchant for moving east for the next best thing. Maybe the next one will be smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic.

1 comment:

The Avenger said...

I wonder how long until they start a Lewis countdown clock?