Positive Evaluation for Topeka City Manager

TOPEKA, Kan. - Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner met with City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. late this week to discuss the City Manager’s annual evaluation.

The nine-member City Council met behind close doors prior to two recent Council meetings to discuss Bonaparte’s performance. While discussions at those two meetings and the meeting between Bonaparte and Preisner this week were confidential, Preisner said the overall evaluation was positive.

“The net result is that this year’s evaluation was more positive than the previous year,” Preisner said. “The meeting with Mr. Bonaparte was constructive as well.”

Under an ordinance passed by the City Council in August of 2008, the Council has until May 1 of each year to review and establish the City Manager’s goals and objectives for the next year beginning after May 1. The Council is then responsible for providing the City Manager a written annual evaluation prior to March 31 of the following year.

Bonaparte said he accepts the evaluation provided to him by the City Council and said the meeting between him and Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner was productive.

“I look forward to working with the new Council,” he said.

The Council election is April 7 and there will be at least two new Council members because two current Council members are not seeking re-election. The first meeting after the election is April 14. Bonaparte has scheduled a Saturday, April 18, morning meeting with the new Council to begin a process of establishing broader goals for the Council.

The budget process, already underway on an administrative level, will involve the Council on Monday, May 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S Kansas Ave., in the training room.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Bonaparte said.


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