The City of Brighton’s search for its permanent City Manager is underway, and according to Councilman Tim Watts in our second podcast episode, it is hopeful it will be concluded by July.

AABT obtained the Job Description / Prospectus for the position:

We’ve reached out to city council to ask them who authorized the language of this prospectus, as the descriptions of our council being “somewhat divided” still since the recall of former mayor Ken Kreutzer in November 2019 is definitely not what we had been told in our previous two podcast interviews with Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Johnston and Ward One Councilman Tim Watts.

We’d also like an explanation from council of who approved the characterizations of former city managers Philip Rodriguez and Manuel Esquibel.

Rodriguez was the first to begin to discover and make public serious financial and operational deficiencies left in the wake of Esquibel’s long oversight of the city, which included employing an old friend without informing council, who then acted improperly as a developer while the city tried to acquire all of the property on South Main Street in 2014 and 2015.

It was Rodriguez who made the public aware of the $70 million surplus in the Utilities Department in 2018, implemented the 75-Day Action Plan in 2018 / 2019 to correct these issues, and terminated those responsible. Rodriguez pushed for a rate study (which resulted in the lowering of our utility rates in October), and a forensic audit, recently concluded (and finding serious financial, operational and logistical problems the current council now must address.)

Rodriguez was subsequently dismissed without cause by 5 members of the former city council in July 2019 who refused to provide him, his attorney, the other councilmembers, or the general public with any reason or justification for their decision. This action led to the successful recall of Mayor Ken Kreutzer in November.

Esquibel was publicly censured and ejected from the International City / County Manager’s Association (ICMA) in 2018 for violating five of their twelve ethical standards while serving as city manager in Brighton.

All Around B-Town expects transparency and integrity from our local leaders, elected or otherwise. We’ll keep their feet to the fire and keep the public informed on the search for our next city manager, including, if possible, public interviews with the final candidates.