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A glimpse into Ott’s performance review
Friday, July 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Though City Manager Marc Ott’s performance review took place behind closed doors last month, a post from Mayor Steve Adler on the City Council Message Board shed some light on the review for us non-executives (aka “us”) yesterday. Specifically, the message highlighted the discussed goals for the upcoming year. Adler noted that Council would like Ott “to be proactive about building community confidence” for the Planning and Zoning and Austin Code departments. In addition, Adler addressed relations between city staff and Council: “The Council expressed a need for you to establish more defined yet flexible operating procedures/policies/or conventions as concerns the interaction between Council Members and their offices with City staff (at multiple levels) to increase the flow of information, information gathering, policy development assistance, teaching and education, as well as earlier notice of staff and city activities driving district changes and impacts. We recognize you will need to balance this Council need against staff needs to perform other aspects of their jobs” and to more generally prioritize “homelessness, affordability, transportation, and economic development policies.”