PTC manager urges ‘strategic plan’

Jim Pennington, city manager of Peachtree City. File photo.

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington is hoping to guide the City Council into a strategic planning process as the calendar turns to a new year.

In an email to council members sent last month, Pennington notes that while everyone “thinks Peachtree City is a wonderful place to live and want the best for it,” there is no set strategic direction for the city.

Pennington wants to use a process in which council, staff and the community “develop a consensus vision and mission for the city.”

“Bottom line, is we have a great city,” Pennington wrote. “A city that has accomplished much, but a city like any organization needs an updated road map — one that takes everyone in the same direction. Can this be done — absolutely. Should it be done – unquestionably. Will there be differences of opinions — a certainty. Can a consensus be reached — YES — but it takes work and commitment.”

Pennington noted that city staff is working on an internal strategic plan while strides have been made toward establishing “a high performance organization.”

Whether council follows Pennington’s lead to start 2013 will be of note, particularly since it is an election year for the mayor’s post along with the council seats currently held by Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard.

Fleisch has already announced she will seek the mayor’s seat in the 2013 municipal election.

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"strategic plan"

I hope the good (play on words only) Doctor urges the immediate establishment of a lawsuit reserve account….with his current department heads and there antics…sooner is better than later.

let's see...did I miss any? Asst. Fire Chief, Fire Chief, Ms. Ficalore and Police Chief….and still more in the works!

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Dr. Pennington

It's embarrassing that the mayor would use Dr. Pennington for some form of poltical credibility especially in an election year.

Clearly you are the "leak", you denied it too quickly! It's a shame that the mayor is using a city employee for his own gain. Same way he used the PTC city attorney for financial gain of the $12,000 from the private lawsuit.

Not credible.

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Some clarification

I was hammered with phone calls on this, so I thought a reply is in order.

Per my recollection, the first time I talked to Doctor Pennington about this was before I was elected. I was shocked that we did not have an updated strategic plan. Doctor Pennington told me that he had felt the same way when he was hired. He then explained the process he wanted to take to get the plan in place. There were things that needed to be addressed before we could start-the bond issues and fixing the budget mess are the two big ones. We last spoke of this while driving to the fire station last week. He said he wanted it to be a major focus this year. I agreed and offered my support.

What this process can't be is political. This committee cannot be just one more bullet point to be discussed on the mayors reelection whistle stop tour. This is too important. Appointing yet another "Committee (to reelect Don Haddix)" is not the way to go. If the mayor feels he must appoint a committee, it would be best to allow each council member to select two members. This way, the committee will not immediately lose the credibility. The current needs assessment committee has worked hard to overcome this perception.

Even if we wind up with a fairly selected committee, we must ensure that there is leadership in place. This effort should be led by the most qualified person- Dr. Pennington.

I'd also like to add that this has been in the works for longer than I have been on council. I am not taking credit- I am giving it to Dr. Pennington and his staff. Once again, we will see their hard work pay off- despite the lack of political leadership from our mayor.

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"Strategic" Plan ??? Ha,

"Strategic" Plan ??? Ha, that's hilarious. You guys are absolutely clueless. There is absolutely no real planning just a bunch of PR monkeys. All of your staff is running around drinking and driving and playing grabass and watching porn on line. Police, fire, manager, mayor, etc.... You guys need a big broom cleaning followed by a high powered Chlorox wash.

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Haddix: ptctaxpayer

You bring up some of the public perception points behind why I prohibited other elected or staff from being on the Committee. The past practice of Mayors appointing specific people who agreed with them and members of Staff has never proven productive.

I have to be on by City Charter requirement, just like I am the only one who could create it. But I do not vote. I just chair and facilitate. This was intended to be the first committee I know of where it was citizen, not political, driven.

When Councilman Dienhart talks about being under the control and direction of the City Manager, this is deceptive. The City Manager takes his direction and goals from Council.

I don't know how the email got out nor do I care. But here is the full email. It paints a different picture than what is being presented.

The topic of a Strategic Plan has been referenced several times since I have been City Manager, and I am sure it has many times earlier. Problem is we do not have one. Oh, we all have our individual ideas of what is a strategic direction for the city, but do we have consensus? No, but with the exception that we all think Peachtree City is a wonderful place to live and want the best for it.

As with other organizations void of a guiding strategic plan, we find ourselves with many good ideas but often with different sets of goals. As your manager, I am responsible for assuring that we have a well functioning organization. Many strides have and continue to be made in establishing a high performance organization. Internally, we intend to focus on an operational strategic plan where we all know the same plays. However, this will be in vain if it is developed in the dark. Any action that we as staff take must be in line with the desires and wishes of the governing body. Therefore, Council, staff and community need to develop a consensus vision and mission for the city. I have attached a brief overview of my ideas of the components of a strategic plan. There may be others as any internet inquiry will demonstrate.

Bottom line, is we have a great city. A city that has accomplished much, but a city like any organization needs an updated road map – one that takes everyone in the same direction. Can this be done - absolutely. Should it be done – unquestionably. Will there be differences of opinions – a certainty. Can a consensus be reached – YES – but it takes work and commitment. The final point, this can only be done under the auspices and will of the City Council. As your manager, my job is also to provide professional advice to you, the decision makers. Think about this over the holidays and if you believe it is as important as I do, lets get started in 2013.

Brought up to him, not him to us. And yes, most assuredly brought up many times before, as I had informed him.

My opinion is since the Councilmembers will not listen to a need being promoted by me, maybe they will from the citizens. And if not this Council, maybe the next.

I do know we cannot stay on the path we have been on.

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Happy 2013 Don

Happy New Year Mr. Mayor.
By the way have you paid back that 12k you owe the tax payers?
Just askin'

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You said it

"Since council members will not listen to a need promoted by me, maybe they will by the citizens."

You hit the nail on the head. You have never been a leader. You play your political games, live to take credit for others hard work, and you fleeced the city in the tune of $12k because you have a big mouth. A leader unites a team and manages and cheerleads toward the goal. You haven't done either.

Let Dr. Pennington take the lead and run with it. If it was so important to you, why did it take 3 years under your term to get started. Each council meeting everyone should be making decisions based on this long term strategic plan.

Your term has been nothing but showmanship and you trying to one up everyone else. Napoleon complex probably. Now just get out of the way.

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Completey true, husbandandfather

going to be a long year to have to slog through with a total lack of anything resembling leadership, integrity or basic decency, but the end of this egomaniac with the IQ of a corn chip will happen.

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Haddix: Thanks Husband

What you just said is Councilmembers have voted on issues not based on the merits, but their feelings. There is not and cannot be any justification for that if it is indeed the reason.

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Hey Larry

Are you running any specials on reading fundementals? I have a 60 something I want to sponsor.

Mr. Mayor, where did I say anything about council not voting on merits? Did you start your new years a little early?

No one on council respects you for the reasons I stated earlier. Personally, I don't think your going to run again. You just enjoy making waves and seeing your name in the paper.

You have zero leadership skills. Stay in tonight and read Dale Carnegie's book "how to win friends and influence people". If the library is closed, I will lend you mine.

Happy new year.

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You said it

"Since council members will not listen to a need promoted by me, maybe they will by the citizens."

You hit the nail on the head. You have never been a leader. You play your political games, live to take credit for others hard work, and you fleeced the city in the tune of $12k because you have a big mouth. A leader unites a team and manages and cheerleads toward the goal. You haven't done either.

Let Dr. Pennington take the lead and run with it. If it was so important to you, why did it take 3 years under your term to get started. Each council meeting everyone should be making decisions based on this long term strategic plan.

Your term has been nothing but showmanship and you trying to one up everyone else. Napoleon complex probably. Now just get out of the way.

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Haddix: Councilman

Indeed this began before you were on Council.

Dr. Pennington and I talked about this during his hiring process, before we voted to hire him. He agreed this was needed. That a total review of everything was needed.

He has a history in this area. I have been pushing it since 2008. Review the history you do not know or do not want to acknowledge. Your trying to change those facts is politics, not history.

You opposed the committee, as did the other Councilmembers. Every time brought up in the past a need for a plan, the answer was pretty much they were in control. Now your trying to change the discussion and support it?

There is no immediately loss of credibility. There was no selection process. Everyone that asked be on was put on. There are anti tax and pro tax people on, in example. The public input to me has been support, homeowner to business owner, all of which are on the Committee.

Everyone hand picking two people is purely political, like you appointing a known antagonist of mine to be your ethics rep when you thought the charge against me was moving forward. You will pick people that reflect your thinking. As would every other elected, which is exactly why I took everyone that applied. There is no credibility in what you are proposing.

Council has no authority to create such a committee. Dr. Pennington supports the Needs Assessment Committee. It will continue to move forward as is.

As said before, you said your thinking of running for Mayor. What your doing here is pure campaigning. Either your supporting Vanessa Fleisch for Mayor or yourself. Which is it?

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Re-election Don Haddix

I suspect that you have thought through the fact that it would be suicide for any Fayette political party to support you in a re-election bid based upon your lack of leadership, embarrassing behavior on the blogs and loss of public trust in taking the $12,000 in tax paper money for a private lawsuit.

Guess you'll have to run as an independent and spend the $12,000 in tax payer money?

Seriously, no political party could touch you! It would be impossible to explain.

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George Deinhart

Thank you for this explanation.
The other council members have also commented that they also expressed a need for a strategic plan.

Be prepared for a vicious attack from Haddix here on this blog in response because, to this man, it's all about the politics and never about leadership!

This will all come out in the campaign. Right now I know of 4 people planning to run for mayor! It will be a crowded field with alot of discussions about the last 4 years.

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HOPE YOU ARE READING MR PENNINGTON

One decent comment. Take note of the others as they will turn on you and stab you in the back if you dare do one thing they do not agree on. Even a typo gets a comment but that guy is truly a basket case.

Great going Mr. Mayor these sub-citizens really need meds. Best of luck with this.

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"Sub-citizens"?

As in subservient? To whom should the people be subservient Pumpkin? Mr. Haddix, you?

I am afraid you have this backward.

As for Typos, we all make them but then again less and less so with spell check. Something the Mayor should look into. ;-)

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Happy New Year!

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Take All The Credit Don

Bet there is much more to this situation!

Like intelligent council members asking for a strategic plan!
It's pitiful to watch Mr. Haddix to ALL of the credit for this. Make absolutely no reference to any council members and to reach back to a past council member who left office over a year ago.

Totally sad and pathetic and should prove to anyone who reads his post that PTC has a problem with a mayor unfit to lead!

How sad! He just doesn't get it!

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Haddix: Stratigic Planning

This is something I have been pushing for four years and the reason I created the Needs Assessment Committee. Doug Sturbaum shared this vision and need.

Dr. Pennington and I have talked about this many times. He is in full support of the Committee and praised them for undertaking their work as the needful first step in the process of developing a strategic plan.

I am fully on board, have been on board and am extremely happy Dr. Pennington and I are in total agreement on this matter. When the Needs finishes their task I am fully prepared to create any other Committee required to keep the process moving. But, it takes two more votes to implement the findings as we go.

Staff and I are ready to do the job.

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Parody or truth?

I would place a bet that Dr. Pennington spoke to you about the need for "stratigic" planning while you were sitting in his office one day. He was probably giving you advice on management.

The conversation probably went like this:

Pennington: Don, what the heck are you doing with a needs assessment committee? It's stupid.

Haddix: What do you mean? I am The Mayor

Pennington: Don, you have no plan. You're not providing leadership. There is no long term plan.

Haddix: I don't understand

Pennington: The city needs a long term strategic plan. You are putting the cart before the horse. Any leader has to have a long term plan and then council has to by in and follow it. Didn't they teach you this in high school?

Haddix: I was too busy in high school looking at the girls.

Pennington: Don, we need a plan, then council has a clear map. We can't keep wasting resources on your cockamamie ideas. All we are doing is emergency management. We need a strategic plan.

Haddix: How do you spell strategic?

Pennington: Don, you are a moron. I am trying to help you. Everyone hates you. (except Pumpkin). Grow a pair and show some leadership. Now get out of my office.

Haddix: Good, It's almost 3 pm and I don't want to miss happy hour.

Pennington: Don, don't worry, I will get this rolling.

Haddix: You get to it big boy. I will support you 100%. Might even take credit for the good idea you have.

Pennington: (pulling his hair out and banging his head on his desk). Grrrrr:

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Needs Assessment - Mr. Haddix

At the top of the needs list will be to get you out of office, "stratigically" speaking.

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Hold On There, Mayor!

That's so much like you Don. Dr Pennington initiating a concept you can't spell, then you jump in and claim credit. Worse, you interject Doug Sturbaum into your spin.

You have proven yourself a liar and a thief, have you any honor?

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Haddix: Ask Him Yourself

jpennington@peachtree-city.org

Or ask Doug. You know him.

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Don

Why should I take the time to ask? Anyone reading your post can readily see that you can not spell the word 'strategic' and second, your record speaks for itself.

Care to comment on the $12K yet?

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Hold On There, Mayor!

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You cannot spell

Much less lead.

Please just stay out of the way.

Best of luck to Mr. Pennington.

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Thanks Mr. Pennington

Thanks for taking the ball and showing leadership. If the city has long term direction, then council will have an easier time making decisions. At some point we may have not chosen the correct path when we got to the intersection.

Hopefully you and your staff can present an initial plan that the citizens and council can use as a map while we lay the long term goals.

Hopefully you will get cooperation from the top since in my mind the mayor and council should have always been working with a long term plan in mind. This should make some decisions easier for council.

Now, let's take the ball on the recent article on the best places to raise kids and market this. Perhaps you can persuade the mayor to return the $12k and use this to market this great city.

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