We believe in giving credit where credit is due.
After a consultant backed out of an effort to mediate differences between the Garner town council and the town manager, council members have said they will, instead, work directly with the manager to resolve those differences.
That is the best decision they could have made. Using a third party to communicate only works with both sides hold equal sway in the conversation. In this case, the council holds all the cards. The town manager works for them. It is up to the council to set guidelines and goals for their employee and it is up to the manager to meet those goals and objectives. If that doesn’t happen, the council and the manager are much better served by sitting together to work out the differences.
We trust that all sides are open-minded enough to work through whatever differences exist and reach a resolution that serves all the people of Garner in the best way possible. They don’t need anyone else to help them accomplish that.