Why did city council terminate Steve Brocato’s employment as city manager?
One reason may be Brocato’s violation of the International City/County
Management Ethics Code: “Not engage in the election campaign of any
candidate for mayor.” How did Brocato violate this code he told
councilors he followed?
After last fall’s election, the likely candidates to succeed Jeff Petry
as mayor were councilors Andrew Bryan and Dennis Dorrah. It was no
secret that Brocato favored Bryan and did not want Dorrah to be mayor,
but Bryan could not muster the votes.
I had the privilege of serving Baker City as a councilor for two years.
During that time we interviewed prospective new city managers. When we
interviewed Steve Brocato we asked what his management style was. His
response was if you want a bureaucrat, I am not the one, but if you
want a team builder and a fiscally responsible financial manager then I
am the one you want.
From newspaper accounts, observance of council telecasts and from
information conversations, it appears to me that despite Mr. Brocato’s
obvious management skills (recognized by six of the seven council
members in his recent evaluation) four of his employers have been so
shaken by his management style that it was impossible for them to
arrive at any solution but his dismissal.
I am deeply grieved and concerned regarding the firing of City Manager
Steve Brocato by four City Council members who apparently met sometime
before the June 9 meeting and agreed to fire Mr. Brocato. Does not
state law require all council decisions to be made in an open public
meeting by all council members? What kind of secret club do these four
council members have?