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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-09-13 1:08 AM

Good riddance!

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May-09-13 1:31 AM

I'm trying to remember the 11 years of significant accomplishments. Let's see... helped get rid of the rediculous two man cruiser law.

He also oversaw the destruction of at least an entire block of irreplacable historic buildings to build a playground for special interests.

He put expensive city employees in charge of maintaining the Capitol Music Hall, most of whom don't know which end is up with the place.

Somebody help me here... I've run out of items.

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May-09-13 2:21 AM

Oh please don't let it be Kevin gessler. He quit his job in Sydney and has never actually moved. Oh dam, I bet it is him.

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May-09-13 2:46 AM

The buildings needed removed. they were falling in the streets from vacancy and zero upkeep. I truly have to bite my tongue and agree with DaWraith. Good bye and don't let the door hit you in the ***

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May-09-13 4:17 AM

Chow baby.....And woohoo to the suckers in Kalzmazoo

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May-09-13 5:38 AM

Didn't know there was a need for people to help run cities into the gutter. And there's a shortage!! That surprises me. Maybe if he reaches a certain percentage of leveled buildings, he get a bonus.

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May-09-13 6:12 AM

Mr. herron realizes-as most do- Wheeling is now DOA.He wants out.Smart.

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May-09-13 6:46 AM

Please hire him!

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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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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 8:34 AM

Some people's glasses are always half empty.

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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 8:58 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 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 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 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 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 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 11:31 AM

You guys have said it all.

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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 1:23 PM

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

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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 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 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-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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