"We need a City Manager who's here for the long haul. Are you here for the long haul?"
what Council Member Lourdes Galvan asked Sheryl Sculley during the
Council's marathon session yesterday, and it's so rare for Sculley to be
confronted -- even good-naturedly -- by a local official, Galvan's
directness felt a bit stunning. Sculley smiled and nodded her head in
the affirmative, but surely it's a collective concern about her
commitment to SA that pushed Phil Hardberger to fast-track a lucrative
new three-year contract for Sculley, which passed easily.
Most citizen comments were
glowing, including recommendations from mayoral hopeful Julian Castro
-- who said Sculley "has done a fantastic job" of restoring public
confidence and getting the city on the "right trajectory" -- and former
Council Member Patti Radle, who expressed her discomfort with the high
salaries that government officials often command, but added that
Sculley was "a good person" who's been attentive to the needs of
underprivileged people on the West Side.
When Sculley came in
for criticism, it was generally of the crackpot variety. Council
irritant Jack Finger started out by blasting Sculley's arrogance, but
inexplicably illustrated his point with a critique of Sculley's
willingness to give gays and lesbians equal employment opportunities.
for the Council, they gushed without shame, repeatedly calling Sculley
the best City Manager in the United States, when they weren't calling
her the best City Manager in San Antonio history.
It was left to
Justin Rodriguez to offer a splash of cold reality. While praising
Sculley's performance, he complained that the Council had not been able
to see the contract document until Wednesday night, and fretted that a severance provision in the contract left the
City unprotected in the "worst-case scenario" of a
sudden Sculley departure. He agreed to support the will of the Council, but he clearly wasn't happy about it.