Dunn: “We’ve had a lot of immorality in this building”

When 16 business and community leaders met with headhunter Eric Middleton this morning to tell him what kind of person they want Stockton’s next city manager to be, the conversation was, for the most part, predictable: Businessmen were concerned about financial discipline and a knowledge of economic development, slow-growth advocates were concerned about sprawl and redeveloping downtown, and almost everyone cared that the manager be someone who previously managed a large city.

The Rev. Jim Dunn shared some of those concerns, but he had one of his own, too: He said the City Council in its selection of a manager should concern itself not only with a candidate’s professional qualifications, but also with his or her personal life.

“We’ve had a lot of immorality in this building,” he said.

Dunn said some city leaders have been “very immoral” in both their professional and personal lives. He said, “That immorality has really caused us to have some problems.”

Dunn said problems at home could distract a manager from city business and that, “I would hope that we would get to interview the person’s spouse and family.”

Asked later who or what, in particular, he was talking about, Dunn declined to say. He said most people could figure it out.

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