Henrietta City Manager Staying for Another Three Years

Henrietta city council met Monday evening, and most of that time council was in executive session discussing City Manager Jeff Jenkins performance.

City Manager Jeff Jenkins contract was renewed, but two council members, Robert Lavy and Howard Raeke were not for it.  Jenkins will be staying with the city for another three years and residents who attended the meeting were outraged when they heard that.

Many feel Jenkins is mismanaging funds, and isn't living up to his responsibility.

Six months ago a petition went about town and garnered more than 400 signatures from people who wanted him removed from his position.

Council decided to set forth performance measures for Jenkins after that petition and in executive session they evaluated his performance and made sure he met their standards set, though not everybody agrees.

"Over the last couple of years the management of the city in our opinion has really gone down hill.  We believe that is mainly attributed to the city manager.  He is in charge, the city is not working well, he's responsible," said concerned resident JD Evans.

Mayor Tom Griffin feels the city will continue to move forward.  "We have a lot of interesting projects going on with our water and we have other grants.  We just got through with our solar grant and Jeff's been involved with that and the city of Henrietta is moving forward.  We want people to come here and look at Henrietta.  We're a great city," he said.

Griffin says one of the performance measures was to make sure City Manager Jenkins communicated effectively to council and kept them updated throughout the week, especially about water and street projects.

Jenkins will serve as city manager for another three years and each year he will be evaluated.

Henrietta's next council meeting will be held Monday December 13.