Rose Fellow Doug Johnson on part-time city managers

A July 1st article in the Whittier Daily News quoted Rose Institute Research Fellow Douglas Johnson on the topic of part-time city managers. The article, titled “Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey begins retirement at work,” discusses how Helvey is continuing to work for the city after leaving his full-time position. Helvey now works three days a week and makes about $100,000 per year less than he used to.

Johnson is quoted as saying that “a part-time city manager can be successful…If you have a good team of an assistant city manager and department heads, it usually works just fine.” In fact, according to Johnson, “the situation isn’t that unusual.”

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