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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 11, 1987

City head plans for upcoming retirement

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discriminatory, and recruiting
"He lets us run our departments,"
said city Parks and Recreation
Director Ronald Olson. "He's not
meddling in every little detail, which
is good. He's a nice, kind person,
and he always has something good
to say."
Collins also tries to uphold a
strong relationship with the
University. "We're really high on
him," said Peter Pellerito, the
University's senior state and com-
munity relations officer. "When you
meet him, he's not a bubbly maniac
extrovert. He's a hard-working pro
who does a good job."
Often, Collins finds himself in
the middle of heated City Council
debate, since his job involves
enforcing city policy. But he said he
has no political background, and
stays out of council politicking. "I
try to state my facts up front before
they get into the partisan political
arena," Collins said. "You do what
you think is right, and usually it

cuts across either side."
Currently, there are seven
Democrats and four Republicans
seated on the City Council. Though
Mayor Gerald Jernigan, a
Republican, has veto power, most
Democratic-supported legislation has
passed during recent council
The council's makeup leads to

if I've got both sides accusing me."
"There are times I think he is
swayed in one area by political
pressure," said Councilmember
Jeanette Middleton (R-Third Ward).
She declined to elaborate.
Councilmember Kathy Edgren
(D-Fifth Ward) said she expects the
council to conduct a nationwide
search for Collins' replacement early

'He lets us run our departments. He's not meddling in
every little detail, which is good.'
- Ronald Olson, city Parks
and Recreation director

heated debate among
councilmembers, and Collins often
has trouble maintaining a neutral
In preparing the city's budget,
Collins said, "One year, one side
said I favored the Democrats; the
other year, the other side said I
favored the Republicans. I guess I
must have done it pretty good, then,





next year. The new administrator,
she said, must have strong
management experience and a degree
in public administration. "I don't
think we need an ex-engineer (like
Collins)," she said.
Collins grew up in southern
Indiana, and went to high school in
Indianapolis. He attended Purdue
University in Lafayette, where he
was treasurer of his co-op and studied
He is the city's fourth
administrator since 1956, when the
job was created. He came to Ann
Arbor in 1978 as assistant city
administrator for engineering
services, after serving as city
manager in Coldwater, Mich. for
almost 18 years. Collins got the job
in 1982 when former administrator
Terry Sprenkel resigned his post.
"Ann Arbor city administrators
$20.00 A MONTH.

have had a variety of different
styles," said Don Borut, deputy
director of the Washington-based
International City Management
Association. "Godfrey is part of the
tradition of being a strong manager."
Borut, who was Ann Arbor's
assistant city administrator from
1969 to 1971, said the city
administrator position grew out of a
"reform movement" in city
management. City administrators
who work according to this
movement, he said, have "a strong
code of ethics that is rigorously
enforced -it's stronger than law."
A city manager with this code of
ethics, Borut said, cannot get
involved with political elections, and
can buy limited amounts of real
estate. According to these guidelines,
he said, Collins' "reputation is
Though most councilmembers
have praised Collins' integrity, they
agree that his performance has not
been perfect.
Middleton criticized Collins'
work in dealing with employees'
unions used by city employees,
adding that "There are a lot of
bargaining units you have to deal
with (as city administrator),"
Middleton said. "Once the contracts
are signed, there is not much room
to maneuver. Overall, we seem to be
very far behind in settling our
Also, Councilmember Seth
Hirshorn (D-Second Ward) said
Collins "can't say 'no' to
development" because it "goes back
into salaries and wages."-
Soviets lose
ministry jobs
MOSCOW (AP) - A national
newspaper said yesterday that 60,000
Moscow residents will be fired in the
next two years under Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev's campaign to
streamline government by cutting 50
percent of all ministry jobs.
The newspaper Socialist Industry
said the order to eliminate every se-
cond government job by the year
1990 has resulted in turmoil in the
Moscow-based ministries, with tear-
ful employees lined up to appeal
their firing orders.


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Compiled from Associated Press reports
Stock market values decline
NEW YORK - The stock market took another tumble yesterday,
erasing a midday rally in blue-chip issues that analysts traced to President
Reagan's comments that he doesn't want further declines in the dollar.
Analysts said the market is quite sensitive to the possibility that de-
clines in the dollar may drive foreign investors out of U.S. stocks and is
dissatisfied with efforts to reduce the federal budget deficit.
The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials, which fell 58.85 on Mon-
day, lost another 22.05 points to close at 1878.15
The widely-watched market gauge that reflects price movements in 30
blue-chip issues had been down 44 points at midmorning, but pushed a
few points ahead of Monday's closing level shortly before 2 p.m. on Wall
Assailants wound Philippine
college president in ambush
MANILA, Philippines - Yesterday gunmen ambushed the car of a
university president whose campus had been raided in a roundup of alleged
communists. The president was wounded and one of his three companions
was killed, police said.
Police said the four were in a car traveling across a bridge in suburban
Santa Ana at about 10:30 p.m., when their assailants opened fire with
.45-caliber and M-16 rifles.
Police said Nemesio Prudente, president of the Polytechnic University
of the Philippines, was wounded in the left thigh and right arm. Hospital
sources said the injuries were not serious.
Alex Martaja, an attorney for the school, was killed in the attack, po-
lice said.
Soviet technology improves
LONDON - Soviet military forces have narrowed the technological
gap with the West in the last year, the International Institute for Strategic
Studies reported today.
The institute also said there were grounds for a "measure of disquiet"
about a U.S.-Soviet accord to eliminate medium and shorter-range nuclear
missiles from Europe.
Francois Heisbourg, director of the institute, criticized NATO-member
Spain, which is moving to shut down the key U.S: F-16 fighter-bomber
base at Torrejon, near Madrid. He said Spain was exacerbating what he
termed "the rise of anti-Europeanism in the United States... with a very
strange signal,"
A survey conducted by the institute said NATO has made "steady if
unspectacular progress" in improving its forces.
Police nab Solidarity leader
WARSAW, Poland - Police yesterday captured Kornel Morawiecki,
the last major underground Solidarity leader and a fugitive since the 1981
martial law crackdown.
Morawiecki, leader of a militant Solidarity faction known as Fighting
Solidarity, was arrested at an apartment in the southwestern Poland town
of Wroclaw, government spokesman Jerzy Urban announced.
Arrested with him was a woman identified only as Hanna L., Urban
He said Morawiecki was being investigated on suspicion of smuggling
and possessing false identification papers.
Morawiecki's daughter, Anna, said from her home in Wroclaw that she
had learned of the arrest. She said her brother, Mateusz Morawiecki, a
university student, also was seized.
Bear troubles in Myrtle Beach
SOCASTEE, S.C. - A 350-pound bear that refused to act like a
bear became a bear of a problem in this well-populated suburb of Myrtle
The bear's sweet tooth finally got him out of a tree perch Monday after
he people-watched for nearly a day.
The excitement started just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday when John Davis
went to his front yard because his wife said their dog had chased a cat up a
tall tree.
That was no cat, he quickly found out.
Helen, his wife, called the state Wildlife and Marine Resource
Department and said officials told her to "leave the bear alone, and it
would leave by itself."
Wildlife officials arrived around 4:30 p.m. Monday and just when it
seemed nothing would make the bear come down, Col. Tillmond

Williams tied a piece of wild honey with string and tossed it up in the
The bear, estimated to be about 2 years old, came down and lumbered
toward the nearby woods.
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