I believe that excluding John MacKinnon from the opportunity to serve as city manager for the capital city of Alaska is not in our best interests. We will continue to spend more money to find an individual who perhaps does not know Juneau other than what is seen from a cruise ship or Web site, who may not appreciate our unique weather after a year of exposure (and leave), who will have to get used to the several boards, and who may be replaced after the 2003 election.
John MacKinnon has the knowledge of Juneau, demonstrates effective management and, very importantly, reflects a strong communicative skill. Remember that a statute is written to reflect what is desired at the time and may not be in the best interest of the community today. I'm sure if we formed a subcommittee to study all current municipal statutes, we would find some that when enforced result in disorder or disharmony in any sphere of activity.