It would be a mistake for Canton to hire its interim city manager as a permanent employee. I say that acknowledging that Glen Cummins has done a creditable job in the interim capacity and is certainly managerially qualified to continue.
But Canton needs more. The employee turnover rate at City Hall, in recent history, has been well beyond normal and not conducive to either good morale or efficiency.
Canton needs stability. It needs a city manager for the long haul who will grow into the position as the city grows. Someone with municipal management experience who will participate in the many organizations that allow bureaucrats to exchange ideas, develop contacts and promote their city.
Surely, with 50-plus applicants for the position, there must be someone qualified to take the baton and run with it.
Mr. Cummins has done a fine job as the interim city manager and as a councilman. He should retain his position on the City Council for the balance of his term and revert to his original promise of serving a single term. Then retire, reflect and enjoy the fruits of his labors.
Former Canton City Councilman