Yet another C'dale mayoral candidate has thrown his chapeau into the ring. Retired hospital administrator George Maroney announced yesterday he would seek the position. I found this paraphrase from the article an interesting take on his viewpoint:
Maroney said he believes Carbondale's city government has strayed from its original design and he would act as a CEO, delegating authority to its proper recipients.
The problem, of course, is that acting as the chief executive of a city is significantly different from acting as the chief executive of a business. Delegating authority to proper recipients is much easier when you are the ultimate authority, as Maroney was during his tenure at Memorial Hospital. The mayor, first, has to respond to a number of different publics and, second, has to convince the rest of the city council to agree with any initiatives he wishes to implement.