I would like to clarify my position on the review of Tim Kerr, Turlock city manager. I voted to review his work based on my belief he has done an exceptional job for Turlock. I believe he did what the City Council directed, by vote, to do in regard to recent negotiations.
I value the employees of the city and believe that they were given a fair contract. Due to budget conditions, for many years they have done with very little cost of living increases and had to do more work with less help. We are finally able to give all employees increases and these differences have caused staff to not feel valued. I want all the employees to know I value them and believe it is because of them the city of Turlock has done so well. It is not the council that makes Turlock run effectively and efficiently, it is our employees.
Senior staff has continued to do the work of the city during this difficult time with a high degree of professionalism. This is what makes this team, headed by Tim Kerr, a valuable asset to Turlock. I commend them for their dedication.
councilmember, City of Turlock
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