New council adviser position is filled by former city manager
Feb 05, 2020 01:56PM
● By Erin Dixon
David Brickey reads what the responsibilities are for the council chairperson. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)
By Erin Dixon | [email protected]
Three new members of council, four incumbents—Kelvin Green, David Pack and Melissa Worthen—joined Kayleen Whitelock, Chad Lamb, Chris McConnehey and Zach Jacob on Jan. 8, for the historic first meeting in the new form of government.
The brand-new council voted unanimously to hire the former City Manager David Brickey as council adviser, a new position.
Brickey served as city manager for two years with Mayor Jim Riding. When Mayor Dirk Burton was elected last November, Burton decided to let Brickey go. Korban Lee was given the position, who had previously been assistant city manager under Brickey.
The contract extended to Brickey lasts until this coming April 6 but could be extended if the council is unable to fill the position with someone else.
McConnehey describes the job the adviser will fill.
“Mr. Brickey’s title and responsibilities will be that of city council transition adviser to provide advice, guidance and services as requested by the city council,” he said.
For example, during city council meeting on Jan. 8, Brickey explained to the council what the criteria are for the council chair, including signing resolutions and other council business as decided by the council. When council members take their seats, they may not know the intricacies of their role, so the council adviser will help guide them through codes and regulations.
This new position is a permanent one, not just for just the period of adjustment in the new form of government. Interviews are ongoing to find a new council adviser and will replace Brickey as soon as the right candidate is selected.
“I anticipate continuing to provide guidance and services associated with the new role the city council plays as the city’s legislative arm and balance to the executive branch,” Brickey said.