Naperville city manager Doug Krieger, wants more authority to settle claims by increasing the current limit of $25,000 to $50,000. In order to do that, the Naperville city council would have to approve amending an ordinance.
It seems like that would be a reasonable request. Less approval by others, means a quicker and more efficient process. The problem with that is less oversight, means more chance of something going wrong. The additional problem, is Naperville city manager Doug Krieger, leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to earning the faith, trust and confidence of residents.
Watch and listen as councilmen Bob Fieseler and Doug Krause express their positions on the issue:
Krieger has had a number of missteps since moving over from city finance director to city manager, including the roll out of the ill-conceived Smart Meter program, lost Federal funds, and HR issues among others. The City of Naperville has a tendency to churn employees from one position to another, rather than hire more competent individuals from the outside. The ‘good ole boy’ mind-set is ‘alive but not well’ in Naperville. City officials did the same thing when they moved the assistant city manager (Bob Marshall) over to become the police manager, rather than promoting from within the Naperville Police Department, or hiring a true member of a police force from the outside to become police chief.
In Krieger’s case, it is a classic example of the ‘Peter Principle’ which states, in a hierarchy, an employee tends to rise to the level of their incompetence. It would have been wise for Krieger to have embraced the philosophy that “it is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to speak out, and remove all doubt”.
Most of us have to earn the right of more privilege, by proving we can handle current responsibilities with wise decisions and choices. A higher line of credit is a classic example, which in essence, is what Krieger wants, however his track record doesn’t justify it.
Amending the ordinance to adjust the city manager’s authority to settle claims, should not be doubled from $25,000 to $50,000, but rather, it should only be approved if the decimal point is moved over two digits to the left from $25,000.00 to $250.00