Editorial: We need leadership on City Council
The time has come for all members of the Willmar City Council to show some maturity and develop a partnership of leadership for this city. The City Council appears at times to be a group of eight individuals going multiple directions or driving p...
The time has come for all members of the Willmar City Council to show some maturity and develop a partnership of leadership for this city.
The City Council appears at times to be a group of eight individuals going multiple directions or driving personal agendas.
At times, some individual personalities or egos or agendas appear to be more important to some than moving in an appropriate direction on issues of importance or finding appropriate compromises.
It is important that individual members maintain civility and avoid long-term grudges. This is a growing concern with this council.
The key to any decision should be determining what is best for the city overall and developing a long-term plan and adequate funding to achieve the necessary objective.
Granted, being a city council member is not an easy job. There are numerous demands in addition to the meetings in the late afternoon and evenings. There are often hot-button issues that can be challenging.
It is true on hot-button issues, the City Council members, the City Mayor and/or City administration can easily become the whipping posts of criticism.
However, the City Council members recently appear to be more a group of individuals -- some with personal agendas; rather than a team of city leaders.
That is disconcerting and is raising concerns throughout the community of Willmar.
We urge all City Council members to look at themselves in the mirror and examine their own leadership or lack thereof. Willmar needs leadership now as we plan our future together.