In the July 20, 2017, issue of the Eugene Weekly, Eugene resident John C. Helmer writes in a letter:
Since at least 2002, Eugene government has been under attack by Bonny Bettman and associates in an effort to replace Eugene’s council-manager form of government with an alternative that circumvents the city manager.
In recorded council meetings, George Brown, one of the most intelligent and conscientious of councilors, complained bitterly that he could not control the city manager. Yet in the public record he joined the rest of the council in giving a unanimous favorable evaluation of the city manager in his employment review.
I have reviewed information on CityAccountability.org and it seems to me the evidence of fault is pretty thin. There is no smoking gun. I discovered the city of Portland has no city manager. It has a city council that manages the city, and city auditor replaces the function of city manager. …