LETTER: Burien Councilmember shares thoughts on City Manager’s firing
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To the Citizens of Burien…
I’ve tried to stop myself from writing this letter, but find it difficult not to. I’ve also purposefully not written to the blog to express my opinions – because that is what they are, mine alone. However, with the firing of our City Manager, I cannot remain silent. To me, this whole situation is sad and rather embarrassing for Burien.
I am very disappointed with the four council members who voted to fire Kamuron Gurol and I’m hoping they will provide an explanation for their vote to the public in the interest of transparency and full disclosure. I voted against this motion because I believed that Mr. Gurol has been doing an outstanding job in leading our city. I cannot speak for CM’s Wagner and Bell, but believe they feel the same way. Mr. Gurol has been a very proactive, energetic leader and manager. His departure from Burien will have a negative impact on the city in the near term.
Mr. Gurol has successfully led us through some very significant issues with many more looming on the horizon, i.e. developing operating budget for 2017 and related allocation of funding, dealing with the Port regarding airplane noise, economic development, public safety, mobility, homelessness, etc. We have lost one of the best supporters and leaders this city has. And with his departure, traction will be lost until a new replacement gets up to speed – which could be as late as this time next year.
And speaking of a replacement, we as the city, will pay for a recruiter to help identify and create a list of city manager candidates. Time and money will be spent reviewing and interviewing these candidates. One also has to consider the quality of candidates that will apply for the open position. I’m doubtful that a highly qualified applicant, knowing the dysfunction and history of the Council, would want to apply. The impact to the city staff will be significant as well. We’ve gone through two noteworthy discharges in the last couple weeks. What message and sense of security does that drive down to the city employees? Also to consider is that, along with their regular jobs, the cities’ leadership team will need to cover the city manager role. Adding to the cost of this event, Mr. Gurol will receive (and is entitled to) a severance package from the city for his abrupt departure.
Kamuron Gurol was a tremendous asset to Burien. He was a very pro-active leader and tireless in his pursuit of bettering our city with its welfare foremost on his agenda. He will be missed.
City of Burien
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