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June 21, 2013
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Letter: Roseburg city government structure clarified

Clarifying city govt. question

Once again the editorial staff of the struggling local newspaper has taken it upon themselves to question the city council of Roseburg. Their attempt at the use of logic is totally flawed. Comparing the city’s eight-member council and mayor to the county’s commissioners is comparing apples and oranges. City councilors are volunteers and the county’s three commissioners are salaried full time.

City staff work for the city manager, who is salaried, and he works for the council. This arrangement works well and has for many years. Roseburg has a relatively new manager and from what I have seen, he is doing an outstanding job.

As for the editors’ question about the number of commissioners and the reason for wards:

1. There are four wards to ensure that every area of the city is represented. If all of the councilors lived in Cloverdale, Hucrest residents might not feel they were being treated fairly.

2. There are two from each ward in the hope that if one cannot attend, the other will. Councilors represent the entire city, but they give extra attention to the ward they represent.

Question: Why does the editorial staff of The News-Review recommend changing the city’s government when it seems to work just fine? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Richard S. Weckerle


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