There was a time, early in my career, when I thought that the field of city management seemed particularly interesting and worth pursuing. I think I started to rethink that position when the city manager told me that a gentleman here in Lubbock phoned him every morning that the garbage truck woke him up. “I’m awake and you should be, too.” was the message every time.
But I still notice city halls when I travel.
Here are some trash receptacles. And the Mobeetie City Hall. There’s a sign taped to the door at City Hall, giving a short list of contact numbers. You can reach the Bill Umsted, the city manager, or Bobbie Walker, the mayor. But if you need to reach offices of the City of Mobeetie, you’ll get an answering machine. That’s what the sign says.