Durango seeks public comment on city manager assessment – the Durango Herald



Residents can access the survey until the end of October

The city of Durango is asking the public to participate in an annual poll in which residents can comment on the performance of City Manager José Madrigal. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald file)

A public comment period has been opened for residents of Durango to comment on how City Manager José Madrigal is doing in his first year on the job.

Durango’s charter calls for annual public feedback on the city manager to inform city council review.

“I think it’s very important that the public have a mechanism to provide feedback to council and the city manager,” said Councilor Barbara Noseworthy. “It is the mechanism that allows for constructive feedback in a formal way that is part of an evaluation process. “

The city’s short survey, which can be viewed at www.durangogov.org/1460/City-Manager-Survey, allows for written comments and asks a few questions about an individual’s level of interaction with the city manager . Residents will be able to access the survey until Sunday.

In an effort to remain impartial, Noseworthy declined to comment on what she thinks Madrigal did as the city’s chief executive last year, but said the year had been a successful one. Some notable successes she mentioned included the various new hires the city has made in various departments and the launch of the city’s financial transparency tool, OpenGov.

Noseworthy said there is always room for improvement, and that’s what she hopes to hear from the community.

Madrigal, who started in September 2020, characterized his first year on the job as a year of construction, noting he had to hire for a number of managerial positions across all city departments.

“Where I’m looking at it, this year was about stepping in and providing some stability within the organization,” Madrigal said. “Getting in and not having a CFO or HR Director, and making those hires to fill those leadership ranks was key.”

Madrigal said two things he was proud of over the past year were that the city was able to provide struggling businesses during the pandemic with financial aid options and to work with city council to draft a plan. strategic.

With around 20 years of experience in municipal government, Madrigal said Durango’s civic engagement sets it apart from other cities.

“We have such well-engaged citizens who express themselves very well and can present their views on an issue very well,” Madrigal said. “Sometimes when we are faced with difficult political decisions, it can be a little difficult to determine which direction citizens want to go, because there are many well produced viewpoints. “

Madrigal said that over the coming year, he hopes to continue improving efficiency, transparency and citizen engagement.

“We must always continue to work on these in order to establish and maintain these relationships with the organization, elected officials and with other government organizations and community partnerships,” Madrigal said.

An important future goal for the city and Madrigal is the affordability of housing.

“Affordability is the most important thing,” Madrigal said. “We really want to make progress on workforce housing to try to continue to make Durango affordable for everyone.”

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