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It's appalling that THREE members of the Newton County Board do NOT care what TAXPAYING VOTERS think. Taxpayers are source of most county revenue. This "movement" was RAMMED through, in just a few weeks, with no opportunity for public input from either voters or business.
I for one might be in favor of having a "County Manager" - IF - it were done with adequate investigation, voter input and safeguards. Yes, the timing (mid term) undermines the VOTERS who chose the Commission Chair. But worse, the WAY Ewing, Fleming and Henderson conducted this "coup" offends on many levels. Their constituents should be OUTRAGED!
Ewing did say, however, only 4 people, other than press, attended the "work meeting." Apparently they thought no one would notice this if they slipped it in fast.
The new "County Manager" serves "under contract" at one year intervals. This could create rapid turn over and little stability in a key position. It would have been better to align the job description so that the position runs for say, 18 month intervals so there is overlap/continuity, when new Commissioners are elected. It's hard to say what else should have been different as, the job description of "County Manager" was read, but no copies were available for the public to compare to the current description of "Operations Manager." But it wouldn't have mattered since it was apparent what taxpayers thought wasn't a consideration.
Did Middleton "retire" or resign? Retire might indicate he is could now collect a government pension while "under contract" to the county. Did he resign with agreement of certain Board Members in order to get more power? The public doesn't know and that casts a shadow over those concerned.
Qualified applicants were NOT sought, it was a forgone conclusion that "the details" could be worked out to Middleton's satisfaction.
Now, couple that with a statement made by the county attorney, on another matter, that would seem to indicate, bids are required only for equipment purchases, but NOT service contract/agreements**** and it opens another issue.
As taxpayers we need MORE SUNSHINE on these issues; and the actions of these three are keeping us in the dark. WHY?
Now, will County Attorney Craig also get paid, by taxpayers, to defend this legal advice?
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