When Sheryl Sculley was recruited to serve as San Antonio's new city manager in 2005, the organization she inherited was a disorganized mess. City infrastructure was crumbling, strong financial policies and systems were nonexistent, many executive positions were vacant, public satisfaction was low, ethical standards were weak, and public safety union salaries and benefits were outpacing revenues, crowding out other essential city services. Simply put: San Antonio was on the verge of collapse.
Greedy Bastards tells the story of Sheryl and her new team's uphill battle to turn around San Antonio city government. She takes you behind closed doors to share the hard changes she made and the strategies she used to create mutually beneficial solutions to the city's biggest problems.
Many of the issues Sheryl found in San Antonio are present in cities across the U.S. Packed with wins and losses, lessons learned, and pitfalls encountered, Greedy Bastards is a guidebook for any city official tasked with turning around a struggling city.
Sheryl has been a highly regarded leader within the professional city management ranks for several decades. Her experience, ethics, and courage have enabled her to tackle some of local governments biggest challenges in Phoenix and San Antonio, two of the largest council-manager cities in the United States. Sharing her vast experience in this book will certainly benefit thousands of local government professionals.
— Marc Ott, Executive Director, International City/County Management Association