City Manager Submits Self-Evaluation as Brockhouse Calls for Public Review

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City Manager Sheryl Sculley speaks about the Fiscal Year 2019 proposed annual operating and capital budget.

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City Manager Sheryl Sculley speaks about the Fiscal Year 2019 operating and capital budget during a community meeting in August.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley submitted a self-evaluation of her work to City Council this week, part of a more formal performance review process instituted last year. 

Sculley reviewed her 2018 performance in a 15-page document, starting by highlighting her “nearly 40 years of experience managing local government.” She wrote about her regular meetings with City leaders and staffers, diversity in City staff, and the City’s AAA bond rating from the three major bond rating agencies. She also pointed to her community involvement, the successful kickoff of the City's Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, and the growth of leadership and professional development programs at the City during her tenure.

The self-evaluation is based on performance metrics established by City Council. As part of the process, each Council member will fill out a survey ranking her on those metrics.

Sculley's 2018 base salary is $475,000, and she can earn up to a $100,000 bonus based on her evaluation results. Her compensation has been a source of controversy, figuring into a ballot proposition recently passed by voters that caps the salary of future city managers as well as limiting their tenure.

In January, a consultant is scheduled to issue a report on compensation for Sculley and three other Council-appointed employees with performance metrics. The report was commissioned amid concerns about a lack of written review standards for Sculley, but the new compensation rules approved by voters will not apply to her.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is up for election in May along with Council members, praised Sculley’s work.

“Our city manager has done a great job maintaining our AAA bond rating, ensuring efficient city services and being a fiscal steward of taxpayer resources,” Nirenberg said in a statement. “It is one of the reasons that San Antonio continues to be the best-run big city in the country.”

Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6) has been the most vocal critic of Sculley's compensation. He was the lone council member to support the charter amendment capping the pay of future city managers and called for Sculley’s resignation after its passage.

"Very nice of Sheryl to provide her own glowing self-evaluation," Brockhouse said Wednesday in a text message to the Rivard Report. "I’m sure the mayor is glad she saved him some time, but I believe that the City Council and the citizens of San Antonio deserve an unbiased, objective, and public evaluation of her performance and potential bonus. No back room decisions on pay and bonuses, especially after a very clear public vote that the pay and power of the city manager needs to be reined in."

Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6)

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Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6)

While Sculley did not address the two charter amendments that passed on Election Day – Propositions B and C – that bond rating agencies warned could affect San Antonio’s bond rating, she noted some of Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch’s explanations for giving the city an AAA bond rating. Reasons included good governance by an experienced team, strong financial practices, and “strong revenue flexibility and growth prospects, minimal revenue volatility and superior financial resilience.”

Brockhouse is expected to challenge Nirenberg in the upcoming municipal elections. Both men assumed office last June. Since then, Brockhouse has criticized the mayor for his “unilateral decision-making” and what he called the mayor’s “leadership by slogan” mentality, calling for a more community-based and data-driven approach.

19 thoughts on “City Manager Submits Self-Evaluation as Brockhouse Calls for Public Review

  1. The process of an employee writing a self evaluation is the usual procedure, in business followed by other evalluation(s).

    Councilman Brockhouse intimates this is the end of the evaluation process, which is not the case.

    The City Council will evaluate the City Manager.

  2. Best to keep City Manager around for Future of COSA; or until she can fill those senior city executives that are departing. I prefer to keep our superior bond rating, otherwise, most likely face departments scrapping for budget dollars once Public Safety budget consumes our tax dollars.

    • He knows his style is popular. Smart man, you can get far by tearing others down, it just works, he’s the only guy with the realization that this burn it all down style really works.

      What does the Bible say, he who throws the first stone usually wins the fight. 😉

      Brockhouse likely did his own self assessments while serving in the military, of course he knows, but you have to agree he’s smart to attack her for doing her own assessment anyway. Win no matter how, just win, then you can be nice. One very smart guy.

  3. Brockhouse does not know a thing about government, governance, personnel procedures, legal liability …. just a blowhard conservative………he does not have a mandate and let Mayor and City Council do their job. Where’s that six signature memo to put on CC agenda? (It’s not there because there’s no overall agreement).

  4. The powers that be got a reality check when the majority voted for the propositions. Get ready for us to vote Brockway into office so BUSINESS AS USUAL IN CRUPT OLE SAN ANTONIO COMES TO A SCREETCHING HAULT! AND WE WILL BE EXPECTING HOUSE CLEANING, FULL ACCOUNTABLY AND MORE FOCUS ON THE MAJORITY THAN VISITORS AND BIG BUSINESSES THAT AREN’T HERE YET WHO WILL GET THE TAX BRAKES. MOVE ON OUTTA HERE CAUSE WE’VE GOT BENEFICIAL WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE! THE ONES THAT SCREAM THE LOUDEST ARE THOSE WHO STAND TO LOOSE THE MOST!

    • Really??!! Brockhouse will BE the corruption in City Hall because that’s what he does. He is a union thug and it’s the only way he operates. He along with his girlfriend Chris Steele will totally corrupt City Hall.

    • Learn how to spell Judy. We don’t really need morons like you pretending to know ANYTHING about city government and how it REALLY works.

  5. Sculley’s contract ends December 2018 and the Council needs to be looking for a new City Manager, given the public vote of No Confidence. Her ‘glowing evaluation’ will be the basis of her lawsuit against the citizens of San Antonio/city. She sued the firefighters, it is her ‘modus operandi.’ The evaluation is nothing more than legal posturing. It is about the money – her ‘golden parachute.’ Many years ago Justin Rodriguez voted against her contract based on her ‘golden parachute.’ He was the ONLY councilperson that read her contract. It is too bad they didn’t do their due diligence then. With dignity lost, going forward for Sculley is all about the money.

    • She isn’t going anywhere, so you ought to live with the fact that the best city manager SA has ever had is remaining in the job.

    • If I can have anything to do with it she is not going anywhere but back to her office. You should personally thank her for helping make this city what you and your idiotic cohorts enjoyandreapthebenefitsofherwork. Just because a pack of morons who don’t understand how the city works and didn’t understand what they voted for (since most can’t read) passed that amendment think it’s the end, they and you are DEAD wrong. We, the people who support Sheryl 1000% will prevail.

  6. Appeasing the local business lords and getting a AAA rating isn’t the only duties of a competent City manager.
    What the Sculleybots choose to ignore is that San Antonio is one of the poorest cities in the nation as well as one of the most segregated cities in the US.
    Developer/gentrifiers love her. However the results of the referendum of 11/6 show that most of us have no use for her.
    I don’t care for Brockhouse’s politics, but at least I know where he’s coming from unlike the pseudo liberal Nirenberg.
    Next City Council election all the Sculleybots should go!

    • Pancho,
      Is that you AGAIN. You really aren’t too smart are you.
      Explain what the City Manager has to do with poverty or segregation. Perhaps it’s really people like you who are the problem. What have you done?? Since you and the boneheads you run with clearly don’t know, the City Manager implements the policy set by the City Council. Which means perhaps you should start with YOUR City Councilman.

  7. Would anyone want to work under or with Brockhouse who wasn’t doing so just to gain favor? He wants to run the show, yet his approach is always negative and quite bullying.

  8. He is a dangerous man because he is in it for himself. He is a corrupt union thug and he needs to be (and will be, mark my words) stopped.
    He will run this City into the ground.

  9. County commissioners self evaluate themselves every year. They do such a good job they not only give themselves a raise but also a COLA and a vehicle allowance.

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