Watchdog New England and Cambridge Day’s recent story on Cambridge city manager Robert Healy’s rich salary and retirement package has spurred a Boston Globe editorial that asks city council: Who is making sure the Cambridge public is getting its money’s worth?
The editorial cites the private matter in which Healy’s most recent contract was negotiated, the handling of the Malvina Monteiro lawsuit and wonders whether city government in Cambridge resembles a fiefdom.
Healy’s supporters contend that Cambridge residents are comfortable with Healy’s leadership. But the essential drawback of a city-manager system of government is that a willful manager can gain so much leverage over the City Council that the government begins to resemble a fiefdom. After 30 years in office, Healy has assumed vast power in Cambridge. The council, which assigned two of its members to negotiate Healy’s latest pact and then approved it without discussing its costs, should take its oversight role more diligently.
Read the full editorial: Cambridge city manager’s pay shows lack of council oversight