Experienced managers will tell you how delegation is important. The more you manage, the more you realize you can’t do everything yourself. Ironically, taking on too much actually can make you accomplish less and be an ineffective leader.
Enid city government has been without an assistant city manager for more than three years. In April 2016, Assistant City Manager Joan Riley left to become city manager of Sapulpa.
Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert made a conscious decision to leave the slot vacant to save money and to better understand the functions of that position.
With time, the potential benefit of having an assistant became more obvious for Gilbert. As a colonel in Oklahoma Army National Guard, he certainly knows about chain of command.
“I’ve come around to a full understanding that I need help,” said Gilbert, who decided his workload could use an extra set of shoulders.
After a three-year vacancy, Enid’s assistant city manager position is now filled. Scott Morris, a 10-year Enid public servant, started his first day in the position Aug. 5.
Morris is from Enid and served as solid waste supervisor and utility services manager over the years.
Gilbert is putting Morris in charge of oversight for seven or eight departments — half of the city’s 16 — allowing the city manager to focus more intently on other matters.
Morris is known for his good communication skills and sound judgment.
We’re glad to see the city manager pick a familiar face for his second-in-command.