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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 | Job Title: Mayor of San Diego
Lead the nation’s seventh largest city with an annual budget of more than $2 billion
Preside at City Council meetings until the strong-mayor form of government starts on January 1, 2006
Serve as the city’s first strong mayor with CEO-like responsibility and authority to:
appoint and manage the city manager
dismiss the city auditor and controller, chief of police and chief of the fire department
propose the city’s annual budget to the City Council
veto City Council resolutions and ordinances
Resolve $1.37 billion unfunded pension fund liability
Negotiate labor contracts with city employee labor unions
Restructure city government to promote efficiency and increased service levels to citizens
Restore city’s credibility in the financial markets
Increase morale in city government and among the citizens of San Diego
The ideal candidate should have demonstrated the ability to lead diverse groups, set priorities, make tough decisions, build and manage a strong team, listen to different perspectives, understand complex financial issues and communicate effectively. The candidate should also be an independent thinker who is able to multitask and operate well under pressure.
If a special election is not held, lobby the City Council.
– Barbara Bry, Voice Editor in Chief
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