Letter to editor: Council president exhibits ‘forward thinking’ with appointments
First I would like to commend Ms. Petso for her forward thinking in ensuring that all councilmembers are educated in the three areas of committee meeting: finance, parks, planning and public works, and finally, public safety and personnel.
To be clear and to debunk what had been said about me, finance wasn’t my first choice of committees but I am a team player and understand the need for all council members to understand the workings of all committees and departments.
I have been trained by the State of Washington to understand hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly budgets and have observed many different working techniques. I have administrated multimillion-dollar budgets within my department. I’ve also spent the last two years serving on parks, planning and public works and have anunderstanding of most land use issues. Personnel and safety issues are also within my expertise of employment for the past 25 years or so.
I look forward to learning much more about our city finances and believe it is my job to understand what all the citizens expect to know of me in the different departmental areas. The committee night meetings are about staff having the ability to talk to council represented and have open, honest communication, coming up with an agreeable project to present to council for FURTHER discussion. Committee meetings are not meant to be the finalized project nor are they meant to be the place where the council manages city departments but in truth having a first look at ways of the city doing better business.
Lastly, change is difficult for people when moving out of their known comfort zones.
I can only see Ms. Petso’s decision as one of truly caring for our city in wanting all all of council to understand the full city and not only our comfort zone. Continuing to flame the fire by suggesting this was unfairly based upon one person’s decision is plain wrong. Other councilmembers were also shifted out of their comfort zone. We have no guarantee when electing council that they have finance background, no more than that of professional land use or safety/personnel experience. Councilmembers do not manage the departments.
The work Ms. Buckshnis has done with the finance committee is wonderful, her energy and knowledge is amazing. The city owes her gratitude for pushing us forward. I look forward to seeing what she can now do on the other committees.
I ask that citizens wait and see the results that may arise from all our committees having new ideas and approaches.
I also look forward to working with Frank Yamamoto, who teaches finance at Edmonds Community College. I’m sure I and the city are in very competent hands.
Edmonds City Council