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The Worcester City Council this week is expected to select the next city manager after a months-long process that has included – according to published reports - the apparent exclusion of a qualified candidate from the group of finalists, the inclusion of two finalists who were forced out of their roles in the last municipalities they served, the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by one of those two finalists, and allegations that the council is already leaning toward City Solicitor David Moore. The selection of a city manager comes at a critical time for Worcester, especially the business community, since economic development and business growth are high priorities. And it's the most important decision for a council since Worcester does not have a “strong mayor” form of government. Given these apparent issues, has Worcester arrived at a crossroads in its governing structure?
Should Worcester switch to a “strong mayor” form of government or remain with its current structure?
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