March 06, 2006
Curtis Adams Is My Neighbor, So I Love Him, But..
First of all, I don't know enough about the candidates to comment on the selection. I am remiss.
I only know enough to be "dangerous" on the topic of whether the hiree should be from out of town or "a local boy." My admittedly shallow understanding of regional history says, though, that there might be some motive or another behind this professed desire to promote from within.
It likely has to do with control. People have told me many times that the loss of appointing power over the County School Board is a perennial pebble in the Commission's shoe; and so it seems natural to want to exert as much influence as possible over this hiring process, as it's somewhat of a next-best-thing.
Well, Commissioner Adams, "we" chose the spate of recent mayors you named, as well as sheriffs and judges, through common election. Whomever was meant by your "we" did not make those selections. If it had pleased the voters to have an out-of-towner as mayor, sheriff, or judge, such would have been had.
Perhaps we ought to elect the Superintendent too. (Not really; it's best to have an education professional in there, not a professional politician.) That would really smart, wouldn't it?
The candidates are being reviewed and selections have been made. The local blogs are buzzing about this day-late move of yours, including that of your opponent. (Maybe we'll look for a rebuttal on your campaign blog, Mr. Adams. Maybe not.)
But here's another idea, just because I think we should address this from many angles: if we must promote from within, how about someone who's spent a lot of time as a Teacher?
Education | By joe lance | 07:58 PM