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Herron Seeks New Job

City manager is a finalist for similar position in Kalamazoo, Mich.

May 9, 2013

WHEELING — City Manager Robert Herron is contemplating a move to Kalamazoo, Mich., as one of six finalists for the soon-to-be vacant city manager’s position there....

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May-11-13 5:24 AM


There was no corporate income tax until 1909 and this was an excise tax only, at the time. By then, Henry Ford had sold millions of cars.

From 1909-1913, the rate was 1%, with a $5,000 exemption.

From 1913-1915, the rate was 1% with no exemption.

Until 1940, the highest rate was 19%.

So, Henry Ford was able to stash away hundreds of millions of dollars selling Model Ts, Model A's and military vehicles.

Would Henry Ford have been so successful with a tax rate of 35% and ridiculous regulatory interference? Would he have done so well if the Barry Hussein Soetero IRS had investigated him for his political leanings?

No and No.

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May-10-13 10:12 PM

@cchs fan. Why do you think Kevin would be a good city manager? Liking to gamble, and then having other peoples money to do it with does not give him the necessary qualifications.

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May-10-13 3:11 PM

Robert Herron speaks, "I'm very proud and love this wonderful city..."


Folks, you just can't make this stuff up.

The down side is he won't get the job, 'cause Wheeling just don't have that kind of luck. But, I will give him a 'nod' for starting his personal moonwalk to the nearest door. If not Kalamazou, maybe Detroit, eh.

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May-10-13 12:04 PM

When you get a elite group of egos trying to run a city with the taxpayers money you end up with waste and a community in decay. Remember Henry Ford wanted every employees to be able to afford a Ford but today companies want tax cuts so they can invest out of town or out state or out of the USA. The citizens are stuck with the lost of income and loss of taxes to support the decaying community.

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May-10-13 10:04 AM

Also, if you have been educated on the US economy and local economies you'll agree with what I'm about to say..... WHAT YOU FEAR WILL HAPPEN, WILL HAPPEN. The marginal propensity in Wheeling is depleting and the only ones with control over that are the people. Take a look at ( economagic dot com ) and look closely at wheeling. I think you'll be quite shocked with what you can find, you will also know what it feels like to know the facts and have a true understanding. Then you can say what you want but your viewpoint may have changed a bit. You cant always please everyone and we dont live in a fairytale society.

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May-10-13 9:45 AM

@skunky: Three separate arenas?? really???? *taking foot out of mouth* Have you ever heard of the Nailers? ever been to a game? Well its ECHL PROFESSIONAL hockey and none the less professional sports....but do people go to the games? The answer is NO. Wheeling cant facilitate three arenas let alone two because the people dont support and teams like the nailers. They struggle to make money and when things go haywire the people turn to those who have no control over the situation and take out their frustration on city officials. First Fridays....ever heard of them? Do you or any of you take advantage of them? A nice night out on the town is there to enjoy but is a privilege not a dont use it or support it, it WILL go away. Wheeling is what you make of it and anymore no one is making much of it and its not city officials fault. Its time people take a harder look around and open their eyes..many of you will disagree and thats fine there will never be a shortage!

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May-10-13 4:14 AM

Don't start with the the comments like a 3rd grader Mike1212.

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May-10-13 1:14 AM

This may be the break up of Capitalistic dictators who have ruined Wheeling. All one has to do is offer them money and well then we know who the Capitalist is don't we?I love Wheeling and hate to see it the way it is now. Wheeling could be a great entertaining city, movie making and such.I still want my guards in Wheeling. It's something they need. Nothing happens without a vision or a dream. We could have three big arenas with different things in them all year long.

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May-10-13 12:49 AM

I for one am glad to see him leave. I always thought an elected official was a public servant but he said he was a city employee. Maybe I'm missing something here. I don't like the way he talked to me.

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May-09-13 8:41 PM

Just wondering if Mr. Herron was required to produce proof of citizenship and his longform birth certificate. Anyone know?

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May-09-13 7:27 PM

Alphacentaur..your information is very much in error. Mr. Gessler is still "on duty" as Chief of Police in Sidney. And Sidney was doing everything possible to keep him as Chief, however, and well deserved, he wants to be back with his family. I know this large family and they are all very close here in Wheeling. And just to say, Mr. Gessler would make a "hell" of a City Manager. There would be no secrets in the office. I wish Chief Gessler Godspeed in his next endeavor.

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May-09-13 5:58 PM

1 of 6 finalists, he has about a 17% chance of getting the job! If I was offered every job that I was interviewed for..... Sounds like he is trying to get a raise from the sheeple in Wheeling!

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May-09-13 1:23 PM

He should apply for obama's job. It would be an improvement.

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May-09-13 11:34 AM

This is just a ploy to justify a raise. Many people getting into the city manager profession are not qualified and have no accountability to the voters. Time to make a claw back clause in wages as they did on Wall Street for poor performance. Any new city manager breaking any ethic and sunshine law gets fired and goes to jail should be part of the new contract.

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May-09-13 11:31 AM

You guys have said it all.

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May-09-13 11:23 AM

Wow, Bossman, ugly, and daWraith all on the same side of an issue and Mike1212.

Ugly, I'll have that beer with you and then we go visit Mike1212 :)!

uhh Mikey have you SEEN Wheeling in the last 10 years? Is your vision better than 20/200??

Looks like Kandahar without the sand.

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May-09-13 10:49 AM

hef: you do see the City is collapsing.Herron does not want associated with this.He is trying to get out before the disaster ends up on his resume.Herron's departure should be seen as a red flag.He knows-from the inside- what is going to happen in the next couple of years: massive taxes for the remaining few.Wheeling is DOA now.Herron knows it.

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May-09-13 10:23 AM

Could this be a ploy for an undeserved pay raise? What would the Mayor do without a willing playmate for his spending schemes? Being a City Manager is walking the political tightrope but when you have a city council, like Wheeling has, that hasn't a clue about governing and is absolutely star struck that anyone at all who recognizes them, the job is easy. Herron, looking out for his own interest, has allowed the mayor to spend Wheeling into desolation. Herron does know what he is doing, which is dangerous for Wheeling when no one else understands squat.I know the Council is greatly intimidated by him and though they would deny it today, he has told them to stick to their council duties, and he will run the city.

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May-09-13 9:47 AM

Whatever his decision is, it sure would be nice for people to find a way to work together to make things better for EVERYONE who lives here, and find ways to reach solutions TOGETHER. IS it really that hard, to collaborate for the BEST POSSIBLE outcomes?

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May-09-13 9:37 AM

WWUtrystothink: Im sure people can always tell when you dont make sense because your lips move so sit down and give your mind a rest. But quite frankly no comments on this will make a difference because Herron along with other city officials will work this out and one of two things will happen: Herron with stay in wheeling and continue to serve us well, or he'll move to Kalamazoo and turn their economy around in a city with 2 1/2x more people.

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May-09-13 8:58 AM

daWraith along with Bossman011, you can come out of your basement any day now. Albeit you've been misinformed about many issues in Wheeling or perhaps you have just misinterpreted what you've read online and put into your 3rd grade level reasoning. Herron has done nothing but good for OUR community. Herron has the upmost respect from his employees and council members. With an annual budget that is extremely proficient Herron is very good at what he does and has put 11 years of service into this great city. Hopefully he will stay

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May-09-13 8:41 AM

slim:Yes the Civic Center and Capitol will collapse- soon- when the hockey team folds.Meanwhile the water system is falling apart along with the rest of the infrastructure.WD is failing.The population of the "City" may be @ 25,000 by 2015.Once the gas drilling boom is over,there will be vast numbers of unoccupied hotel rooms.Heron is not dumb.He sees the future and it is not bright for Wheeling. (btw:the demolitions have been paid for with debt which is to be repaid by WD taxes.But will there be WD taxes?CDBG money will dry up also.)

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May-09-13 8:34 AM

Some people's glasses are always half empty.

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May-09-13 8:18 AM

And he leaves behind a city that resembles an old juice box...sucked dry. Soooner or later someone is going to start a real talk radio show or a newspaper or website and start pressing for answers from city hall. Maybe Herron heard that someone is going to Wikileak the donor list to the sports field and he wants to saddle up and move on to his next juice box.

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May-09-13 7:00 AM

Hey, does Kalamazoo need a civic center manager? Wheeling could send them a package deal.

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