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$137,427 ‘helper’ – Does city need position?

Re: Adriaens as chief of staff


The people of Sheridan said no to a city manager position in 2008. Yet when John Heath was appointed mayor, he immediately elevated Sheridan police chief Rich Adriaens to the job of “chief of staff” at a salary of $137,427.10 per year. Not bad, for a small town of 17,444 people. Never mind that “chief of staff” is a de facto city manager. How many times need the voters say no to the same scheme?

We are told this is an “interim” position. How long is interim? Two weeks? Two months? Two years?

Heath is an intelligent man. He is a veteran city council member who has served as council president. Yet, we are told he can’t do his job without a $137,427 helper.


John Fafoutakis



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