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11/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: It may be a blessing in disguise

When I returned to Kingman a couple of months ago and saw that Travis Lingenfelter was a finalist for the position of city manager, my immediate thought was there was no way he would have been placed in the final three unless there was near unanimous intent to offer him the position.

To place him among the finalists and not offer him the job would be a slight to the Lingenfelter legacy and create unnecessary controversy.

Let's just say that the announcement that Travis wasn't selected was not my first surprise since I came back.

In fairness to the candidate who was chosen and the persons intimately involved in the selection process, I will reserve judgment as to whether or not the decision was sound. I haven't lived in Kingman for over 35 years and I am not well-acquainted with the current political landscape.

However, I would say to Travis (and the Lingenfelter family, who have been friends since my parents, Robert and Elaine, brought my sister Kimberly and myself to Kingman in 1966) - like many things in life, this could be a blessing in disguise.

Travis may have found that his impeccable skills and sound temperament would have been muted, if not thwarted or mired, in a complicated milieu of local politics and personalities.

I'm certain that Travis will find an environment in which his forward-thinking ideas and talents will flourish and be appreciated.

Jeffrey Morrissette


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Council Fears a Strong Manager Not Able to Be Controlled - The City is the Real Loser

I suspect Travis' strong background and philosophy of more emphasis on economic development cost him the job. This and the fact Travis would probably not be a pawn for the council.

Janet, has a long history of weak support for economic development siding more on the side of tourism and its minimum wage jobs. Janet has been very cleaver with her alliances while on the council. First with John Salem and having dumped him as soon as he announced his days on the council were numbered. .And like it or not, Janet wagged the selection system and for the most part controls the council.

The council would no way vote to bring on a strong intelligent manager with an independent and creative history of operation that will act as a strong CEO.

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: Lance Brady

This seems to be a consistent comment that the reason a person should be hired in the highest administrative job of the City, is because the grandparents did good things for the community. The Council was not hiring Doc for the job.

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Travis is not a part of the Dr. Lingenfelter family."

Well, I don't know about that. Shortly after the Doctor passed I met Travis and gave him my condolences on his Grandfather. Maybe he didn't correct me out of respect? Maybe he was a great-uncle or something?

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: Let me get this right

You think that Travis deserves the job because he comes from a good family? That's not exactly the qualification I'm looking for in a city manager. Travis was economic development director for a very short period of time. He's also on the board of MCC, which I also consider to be a mark against him seeing as how that place operates. I'm sorry if his feelings were hurt, but maybe he didn't get the job because he didn't deserve it. Quite frankly I'm surprised he was even a finalist.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman keeps floundering, someone is always unhappy

I guess some people aren't happy unless they have something to be unhappy about, but anyone who really knows the Lingenfelter family knows you really can't do any better. Maybe they were afraid of being branded a good ole boy network when Travis was passed over. I met his grandfather when I was just a child and he made a "housecall" right after moving to Kingman. Since then I have witnessed more that was done to meet others needs than to further self interests by the entire family than I could say for any other leading citizens. The truth probably is we can only hope we deserve better.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Mom

I think that he will do great somewhere! I wish the other guy all the luck in the world. The people of Kingman are always so busy complaining they never take the time to find solutions. This young man does not need that kind of negativity to start his career on!

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Mr. Morrissette:

Amen and well said. It brings to memory the old addage "no good deed goes unpunished" concerning the Lingenfelter family.

Since God even keeps track of the hairs on our head, I'm sure He has the perfect reason and the perfect spot for Travis and the way it came down.

I also came back after 35 years only I was born and raised here. Two things hit me instantly. The parks are impeccably cared for but the rest of the town has trash everywhere, plastic bags stuck on trees, cigarette butts on the ground.

You never saw that years ago - all too many think nothing of throwing their trash down wherever.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Just an fyi, Travis is not a part of the Dr. Lingenfelter family.

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: RE: Blessing in Disguise Letter

Mr. Morrissette, Thank you for your comment. Perfect! I am sure there are others that will agree with you as well. This is a blessing in disquise.

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