Richard Miranda getting to work as interim City ManagerPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- After a very public exit for former City Manager Mike Letcher. Deputy City Manager Richard Miranda stepped in to take his place.
For the first time since taking over as the city's CEO, Richard Miranda shares his thoughts on where he hopes to take Tucson.
Richard Miranda's been in Tucson long enough to know change doesn't happen overnight. But inside City Hall things already feel different.
"It's important for me to put together some processes some systems some observability of accountabily by the community so they have confidence and trust in how the city's being managed," said Miranda.
Many Tucsonans have lost faith in City Management. In 2009 it was Mike Hein's termination that raised eyebrows. In 2011, Mike Letcher followed in his footsteps.
Now Miranda wants to right the ship, "It's in the past. I wish him well and we're moving forward."
But you can't move forward without taking a look at the past. We asked Miranda about the controversial Letcher memo that criticized Miranda, "It was very tense up here."
Letcher also criticized the media in that memo, whom he said unfairly criticized him. Miranda says that comes with the position. "If you dont want the criticism then maybe you need to find another job."
Now, Miranda is focused on his new job and on changing the way Tucson does business. "We're going to go back to fundamenatls."
And that includes rebuilding frazzled relationships with city staff.
"The pressure is on me to making sure the environment is created. I want people to come to work to make sure they ahve the best environment possible."
Miranda what says whether or not he'd like the job permanently. He say's he's focused on the next 6 to 8 months. "This is my community. This is my organization. I'm not going anywhere."
But if that answer's any indication, Miranda may be in it for the long haul.
The council has begun a national search for a new City Manager.
The process should take a minimum of six months and if Miranda wants the job permanently, he is eligible to apply.