THERE is an old adage, “Everyone is replaceable.”
That might be true. But everyone is not replicable.
It is unfortunate that family obligations are taking City Manager Mike Ceci from Farrell. He has done much to move that city forward — there is no disputing that.
So Farrell’s leadership and citizens are left with a very important decision to make.
There is a new administration coming in. Longtime Mayor Olive McKeithan was not able to secure a primary victory for a shot at another term. Her departure after 12 years as Farrell’s chief executive is another loss for the city.
Councilwoman Kimberly Doss is expected to become the mayor of Farrell this January.
And that becomes an important piece of information when combined with the announcement of Ceci’s impending departure.
Doss does not have the greatest of reputations for even-keeled leadership. Her time on the council has been accompanied by questionable pronouncements and behavior in council meetings that was, to be kind, less than professional.
She will be directing the city’s future. So the person who sits in the city building with her will be critically important.
It is no secret that Doss has getting rid of Ceci on her agenda.
No matter what you think of Farrell’s city manager, he is the reason Farrell is exiting Act 47 and why there has been economic activity and the fight against blight in Farrell has been so successful.
And if you own property in Farrell or run a business there, you absolutely want to make sure the city’s forward trajectory continues. You have a financial stake in your community’s interests being handled professionally and with fiscal responsibility as Job 1.
And that means that becoming involved in your council and mayor’s dealings is particularly important.
This is no time to simply shake your head and leave your future to chance.
The citizens are the ones who employ the mayor — and they are the ones who have the power to hold him or her accountable.
That means keeping a close eye on what happens in the city building and at council meetings — and making sure whoever sits in the mayor’s office understands the home rule charter, and the powers it does or does not grant.
And that oversight starts with the very important decision about who will run the daily business of the city of Farrell.
Doss was vocal about not hiring a search firm to look for a replacement for Ceci. She is wrong.
Farrell is a city that has been moving forward. The person charged with carrying out that vision and doing that work is vital. Finding the best-qualified person for that slot is what Farrell residents deserve.
The office of mayor is not a license to hire friends, close associates or family. It is not a means for self-enrichment or to lash out at past foes.
It will be up to the citizens of Farrell to make sure that charge continues.
And that means getting involved now with this important next step.
We will be watching closely. We hope you will, too.
Farrell’s future depends on it.