A Survival Guide for Watertown's New City Manager?


Tom Walker served as Watertown mayor for 8 years and interim city manager for just over a year.

He knows what's in store for incoming city manager Sharon Addison.

"It's not dull," Walker laughed.

Walker says it's a position that requires you to know a little bit of everything.

"You're in engineering, you're in public relations, you're in labor relations. You name it," he said.

Despite being a complicated job, Walker says being city manager can be exciting.

"It's the kind of job I like because I do a lot of different things and everyday I am on something different," said Walker.

Current interim city manager John Krol also held the same position in Ogdensburg for 18 years.

He says he is trying to prepare Addison as best he can.

"Phone calls, email, and hopefully at least one more face-to-face meeting and that will be her transition," said Krol.

Former Watertown City Manager Mary Corriveau has some advice of her own, saying Addison "has an outstanding team" and she should "rely on them."

The free advice is likely to continue once Addison takes office in July.

But as Walker says, by then the advice may not be so helpful.

See our earlier report on Addison

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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