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Officials' qualifications, or lack ofPosted Sunday, June 29, 2008, at 6:12 PM
A reader comment last week touching on how educated county commissioners should be brings out a few thoughts.
Should there be minimal education/work experience requirements for such positions as county commissioners or city council members, or any other governing board? And what about requirements for elected full-time county jobs?
I've always thought common sense rather than "book learning" should be the main criteria. Anyone, not just the elite, should be able to seek, and hold, office. In a perfect world, anyone who proved unable to hold a position would either be ignored by voters to begin with or voted out in the next election.
The last thing we need is governing bodies populated by only the "elite." Everyone needs a voice -- and when the elite run things, the "lower classes" are too often ignored, or even censured (or fired from jobs) if they speak out.
But what about those elected officials who run county offices full-time? Should those persons have backgrounds in work directly related to their offices? Should they be college graduates?
Over the years some have done great jobs and the voters let some know they were dissatisfied, whether those failures to win re-election were deserved or not.
Just be glad that voters, in so many cases, have the final choice.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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