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Poll: Should The Village Manager Have Been at OEM Meetings?

Councilman had 'serious concerns' over the absence while other council members had no issue

Village Manager , drawing outrage by Councilman Paul Aronsohn. The village manager, who has battled with Aronsohn several times since late 2009, refused to answer where he was during that weekend.

Other members of the council came to Gabbert's defense, saying Gabbert fulfilled his professional responsibilities and department heads were able to effectively manage what some have called the worst storm to hit Ridgewood in over a century.

What do you think? Take our poll.

sean mccooe November 07, 2011 at 08:40 PM
a slave to two masters is very difficult position to be in , no matter who you are
Jim November 07, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Was Aronsohn trying to get him to fess' up that he busy tending to storm matters in Upper Saddle River? I'm surprised that no one's harping on that point either in the press or on the council. I've only seen comments regarding it from users. Either way glad that Gabbert's tenure is up at the end of the year.
megan Smith November 07, 2011 at 09:09 PM
HIs tenure may be up at years end but that doesn't mean he is leaving ! Right??
limabean November 08, 2011 at 01:06 AM
he has a responsibility to attend these meetings and to be honest and proactive as to his where about... Not mysterious and good for our counsel bringing this to our attention.
sandy November 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM
He only caused trouble for himself when he refused to say where he was. Hasn't he learned from all the politicians to tell the truth the first time and it will blow over? Did he need to be at the meetings? Probably not. Did he need to evade? Definitely not!
T. Powers November 08, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I agree with Sandy. Just answer the question. If you were attending other responsibilities say so and state how you were monitoring and supporting your staff. Period.
Anonymous Guy November 08, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Theres a reason they have OEM coordinators and department heads. Was he expected to be there micro managing every detail? If he was reachable by phone and aware of the situation, who cares where he was. If you expect him to be on every street assessing the situation, thats unrealistic and you may as well fire all of the department heads. A pyramid is only as strong as its foundation. Now should he have answered where he was, a resounding yes to that one...
eugene rose November 08, 2011 at 05:27 PM
The issue is not where Ken Gabbert was. The issue is that he is accountable to the Village Council. By showing his disrespect to Councilman Arohnson, he showed disrespect to us all. That and that alone is reason enough for him to go.
Jim November 08, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Does anyone know if the Village Manager is a Council or publically elected role?
James Kleimann November 08, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Jim, Under the Faulkner system of government, the Village Manager is appointed by the mayor and council, not elected by the citizens. The Village Manager runs the day-to-day operations of the village but does not have a vote in ordinances or resolutions, which is solely within the purview of the council. Hope that clears it up.

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