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Letter to the editor: County decision to make appointments is proactive

From Morris Manning

Silver Bay

The county board is taking heat for its decision to appoint rather than elect positions of county auditor/treasurer and county recorder. One opponent notes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If it were only that simple! That admonition has to be weighed against another several other adages, “Crap happens!” and “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Do we really believe it’s necessarily a virtue in life, or good government, to wait for something to break before dealing with it? I would rather be proactive, not reactive.

Like most people, I believe that policy-making positions in our representative form of government should be elected. However, the positions of county auditor/treasurer and recorder are primarily nonpartisan, managerial and technical in nature, not policy-making. A strong argument can be made that we will be best served for the future if their replacements are vetted through the hiring and firing process already in place for other professional level jobs in our Lake County government. I believe the board made a reasonable decision.