In an executive meeting to discuss the performance of Mr. Nowicki, the Mayor and Council forced the resignation of Mr. Nowicki.He is now on Administrative leave until the separation documents are finalized and signed.
In an amazing display of retaliation and despicable logic, the Mayor and Council gave no option to Mr. Nowicki but to resign from the City Manager’s position.
This Executive Council session to administer the performance review was not a review of performance, but an action of retribution for not supporting a status-quo staffing and organizational position. This was an attack by the Mayor and Council on an ethical Administrator who did what an honorable City Manager is hired to do: manage a Community’s affairs and services. Mr. Nowicki brought the City out of a desperate economic situation, and he did it very well.
There is no easy way to do a tough job; but when relatives of employees are involved, layoffs and retirements get personal. Specifically with those individuals are related to elected officials who are in powerful positions; it is also unfortunately these same individuals may have little or no ethics…but love power; and they use it!
Mr. Nowicki’s performance review was a vindictive attack of personal vengeance directed specifically at an ethical man who has accomplished what the previous City Managers could not accomplish. The list of savings and goals accomplished are without question 99.9 percent perfectly complete. Check the records.
The real Mayor and Council’s problem: Mr. Nowicki was not a yes man! Nor did he bow-down to unethical requests or witch hunts.
Mr. Nowicki’s resignation makes no sense. Anyone who knows anything about the City’s operations and management has to acknowledge how successful Mr. Nowicki has been in meeting all the Council’s established goals and objectives. These past years, Mr. Nowicki has brought down costs, organized efficient and effective staffing and his team of management style redefined the Administration. The delivery of city services has continued and improved under his management.
The appointment of Clarence Goodlein to the City Manager’s position is ridiculous, almost a joke. He has not the experience, background, expertise, or people skills to manage the Administration or the affairs of the City Manager’s office. His position of Director of Public Safety was a public fraud as no department ever existed! This is how the City is now operating under this mayor and councils control.
The vindictiveness of the Council, and their priorities are misplaced. Specifically the Mayor and Councilman Richard Ziegler (along with the sheep that followed) have jeopardized the City’s present Administrative and economic future.
There are members of Council that I would have never thought possible to have taken such action without a public acknowledgment of the issues that were in contention with the performance of Mr. Nowicki. However, power is said to corrupt
These diabolical antics are improper for any Mayor or members of Council. What is further astonishing is the sheep following along after who are acknowledged as the initiators of the issues: the Mayor and Councilman Ziegler.
It is hoped that the residents of Wixom take note of the Management or rather the lack of common sense Management in the Administration of City Affairs. Wixom has now been placed in a position of unreasonable risk because of the intolerable actions against a true City Manager with excellent skills.
Voters elected a Mayor, not a “KING” and it is time for the King to understand that the role of a Mayor is to lead, not to destroy.
To destroy a successful Administration and to appoint an individual to lead the City who has no idea of what that job entails is absolute management at its worst. Power out of control?
Mr.Goodlein does what he is told to do, no more-no less. He is a yes Man! He was the Director of a nonexistent Department Of Public Safety: given the job through a political back-door scheme.
It is acknowledged some of these same individuals are the same people that are now responsible for the putting the city in a very risky position. And that responsibility belongs directly on the desk of the Mayor and Council. Non can be blamed more that this Mayor, this Council and Mr. Ziegler.
Apparently, there is a separation agreement that must be finalized between the Mayor, Council and Mr. Nowicki.
I would hope that Mr..Nowicki is treated well in this agreement, as he has done what others cold not do and what the present Mayor and the previous City Manager did not do. Time will tell.
I have always had a high degree of respect for the Mayor’s Office and the Council’s positions. It is regrettable that I have lost respect for those who do not respect the ethics of those offices and who are unable to openly discuss issues at the Council’s table and hide behind closed doors where vendettas are more important to dispatch than the interests of their duties as public elected officials.
Leaders lead by example; many of the examples now on display by our elected officials are not worthy of their office. Their sitting in the Council’s seats they hold, has put Wixom in a state of duress.
The Mayor and the Council are directly responsible for that duress and must be held accountable.