Did Brigantine City Manager; Jennifer Blumenthal, diss our Mayor? Ms. Blumenthal recently hired Dan Howard as Interim Public Safety Director, but didn’t inform our Mayor until after the fact.
Mayor Phil Guenther recently discussed this action during a local radio interview. Guenther says Blumenthal didn’t consult him before the hire. The Mayor found out through a press release.
According to a report in the Beachcomber News, Guenther described the action of appointing Howard as “less than transparent – confused at best,” while acknowledging the city manager’s authority to “hire and fire.” Blumenthal responded by stating, “I made a decision that you didn’t like,” but said she felt that it was appropriate based on the circumstances. Blumenthal repeated that Howard’s appointment and title is “interim”.
The controversial hiring of someone outside the city ranks was due to, according to Blumenthal, the lack of “management thinkers” from within the ranks of current senior officers in the departments.
Also reported in the Beachcomber News, Blumenthal said that management candidates would benefit from working with Howard, utilizing his strengths and experience in administration and budgeting.