Evaluation draws debate
RIVERSIDE — Last night’s Riverside city council work session wasn’t without disagreement.
A lot of disagreement came when the council discussed the performance evaluation of city administrator Rusty Rogerson.
Rogerson didn’t agree with the performance evaluation form that councilor Chris Kirkwood submitted to the council. She said she found the form online at the Iowa League of Cities.
“In my opinion it’s very subjective,” he said. “I’m not sure if you would base it on job description or how you would do those ratings?”
Councilor Bob Schneider Jr. said the evaluation should be based upon Rogerson’s goals and the evaluation should match up with the categories on the form.
“We don’t want a form where everybody is going to check off ‘yes’ or ‘no’ ‘he doesn’t’,” Schneider said. “There has to be a commitment by the council to make comments in every point, positive or negative.”
Schneider added the council shouldn’t be the ones to set those goals for Rogerson. Rogerson should have his own goals set and present them to the council.
Not everyone agreed with this statement.
“That should absolutely be in there,” Kirkwood said. “That was something I was going to mention as well because the former city administrator also did that. But the council drives what is done. You can call it whatever you want—city administrator slash clerk. But we need to have defined what we want done.”
Schneider shook his head while Kirkwood said this. He said it isn’t the council’s job to micro-manage what Rogerson does because, as city administrator, Rogerson sets his own priorities and gives the council a list every month.
Councilor Nate Kasdorf argued that since the council had discussed the TIF and directed Rogerson to work on it that the council had set that goal for him. Schneider said that once again, the council wasn’t setting Rogerson’s goals but they were giving Rogerson the topic that they wanted to discuss.
“I don’t expect any of you to be concerning yourselves with the minute knowledge of TIF,” Rogerson said. “That’s why you hired me.”
Rogerson said his concern about the evaluation was what it was based on. He asked if it would be based on job description. He also said that part of his job is doing reports and letting the council know when there is a delay in filing those forms.
After further discussion Rogerson suggested the council take time to look at the evaluation form and discuss it during another council work session. The next council work session will be held March 25.
Please see tomorrow’s issue of The Washington Evening Journal about the TIF discussion and employee overtime.