Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2005

Council evaluates administrator

March 3, 2005

Lansing's mayor says the city administrator is performing admirably in his job.

"Overall, it's fair to say he's doing a good job," Mayor Kenneth Bernard said about City Administrator Mike Smith.

Smith last week underwent his annual evaluation with Bernard and the Lansing City Council. The evaluation was conducted behind closed doors Thursday in two half-hour increments sandwiched around the council's study session on emergency preparedness. Only Smith and the council were allowed to attend the executive sessions.

Bernard said he was hesitant to discuss specifics about the session, but he offered this about Smith, who has been city administrator since July 1999:

"He's doing fine on leadership. He's doing well on budgeting. : He actually does well on all areas of his job. He's got good relations with the employees and the citizens. He's responsive to the council."

For his part, Smith said he was satisfied with his evaluation.

"I think everything went well," he said. "I talked about some issues that were important to me, they talked about some issues that were important to them."

Smith said he asked for an increase in his car allowance, which the council will consider at its meeting this week. He also said he asked for council members to be even more communicative with him.

"I asked them to be more open with me as far as both the good and the bad and what they want me to work on," he said.

Smith is in the second year of a three-year contract.

The council took no public action on extending the contract, Smith's annual pay or any other matters related to Smith's employment after last week's sessions.

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