Since Portsmouth’s voters approved switching from a City Manager to Mayoral form of government in the late 1980s, it seems nothing in our city government works. We have, since then, recalled two mayors and have witnessed gridlock, questionable financial decisions and now a city deficit approaching $1.3 million.
Returning to a City Manager form of government will allow us to hire a qualified individual to bring professional administrative skills to our city government. Times have changed. In the old days, barbers served as dentists and surveyors, due to their education, served as lawyers and judges. Our society now requires specialized education, skills and certification for everything from dentistry, lawyers, public accountants, cosmetology and many other occupations. It is time Portsmouth enters the 21st Century and requires professionalism in our city government.
Please join us in supporting and voting, on the second page, far right corner of your ballot, for the Charter Amendment to return Portsmouth to a City Manager form of government. Just as many local employers grow and thrive on professionalism, let us begin the process of providing professionalism to the governance of our City of Portsmouth.
Please vote yes for the City Manager Charter Amendment.
Citizens for Better Government Management
Jeff Albrecht, Steve Cassidy, Kevin E. Johnson, Hon. Kevin W. Johnson
Vasco W. Luchi, Gail T. Miller, Hon. Ann S. Sydnor, Connie Stoner