Keep Continuity in Government
The thing is, there exists a fundamental level of service employees who may have no political axes to grind, but are committed to keep government going while changes take place at the top. These employees are the municipal government bedrock.
While they may go along with the goals of a new administration, they all have day-to-day tasks that more pointedly connect to state obligations. These employees may be challenged by newly-elected employees who have no concept of their obligations, but act out of perceived powers to over-ride the rules.
The current administration may prevail in 2009-10 or someone else may take over. The point is, this city needs ongoing stewardship regardless of who is in charge. Kicking out middle management with familiarity of municipal government is not a good thing. There must be some continuity, no matter what the politics suggest.
It is not too early to start thinking about the dynamics of the 2009-10 government. The involvement of 16 talented citizens in the FY 2009 budget process is a plus for ongoing understanding of future governmental scenarios. The other resource is the knowledge of longtime employees who know the way things work vis-à-vis state government regulations.
Maybe the time has come for the sharp division of one administration to another to fade in favor of addressing collaboratively the issues before city government.