Three residents showed up at Fewell Park on Monday afternoon for a discussion on what Rock Hill needs in its next city manager.
City staffers outnumbered the three locals, each of whom raised questions and concerns during a talk with Mayor Doug Echols.
Steve Williams discussed what he perceives as a standoffish attitude at City Hall. When you call to report a problem, there's too much dictating and not enough listening, said Williams, who lives in Highland Park east of downtown.
Jodi Reeves lamented the presence of alleged drug dealers in Fewell Park, saying shady characters arrive as if they want to play Frisbee golf on the park course, then disappear down trails to the woods.
The final resident, retiree Mackey Norman, is a City Hall regular who shows up at many meetings, often just to listen.
Echols will host three more forums as City Council seeks a successor to Carey Smith, 67, who announced his retirement in February.
Eighty-one people have applied through Slavin Management Consultants, a firm hired by Rock Hill officials to coordinate the search, the mayor said.
Ten people came to talk about water drainage issues and the need for resources and jobs to be spread equally at last week's forum.
Monday's session at Fewell Park included Councilman John Black, who said it is crucial for Rock Hill to hire a strong communicator. Councilwoman Susie B. Hinton, representative of several minority neighborhoods, said the best candidates will communicate "to every segment of our town."
Rock Hill leaders hope to narrow the list to six or eight finalists by mid-September. State law requires that information on "not fewer than the final three applicants" be made available to the public.
Want to weigh in?
Share thoughts on Rock Hill's next city manager at three more public forums.
Wednesday, Aug. 4: 6 to 7 p.m., game room of the Boyd Hill Neighborhood Center
Tuesday, Aug. 10: 6 to 7 p.m., McGirt Auditorium, Emmett Scott Neighborhood Center
Thursday, Aug. 12: 7 to 8 p.m., Northside Center