It was a rough 4th of July weekend in Chicago. More than 80 shootings… many people killed. Residents are upset and are demanding action. Unlike Myrtle Beach after Memorial Day weekend, the Mayor, Chief of Police and other city leaders are speaking out to their community to let them know they are going to address the issues.
We're closing in on two months since Memorial Day weekend and only 10 months to go until Memorial Day 2015 and we still know little about plans to regain control of the city next year. Some leaders have even said that plans should remain secret so the people who are breaking the law won't know the strategy. Shouldn't we want to publicize what we are going to do so it will deter the criminals from coming here? Maybe if these unruly guests were aware that the free-for-all of years past won't be tolerated it might keep them away. We're not trying to sneak up on a terrorist where secrecy is vital to the success of the mission.
Here are three suggestions that leaders could implement immediately and possibly regain some of the trust and confidence that has been lost:
At each council meeting provide an update on what has happened since the last meeting. Don't hide behind executive session. Keep city residents and the business community informed.
The city manager is retiring at the end of the year. Immediately begin a national search to hire a new city manager. That person needs to be on board as quickly as possible. It is unfair to have that person start in January with only 5 months before the mayhem returns.
Hire a specialist to help develop a plan of action.
Right now, as the silence continues, it still appears that city leaders are doing nothing to prepare for next year.