Timing Couldn't Be Worse To Change Hiring, Firing Policy

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During the council meeting Thursday evening, the town attorney was given the assignment to begin drafting a new town ordinance that would remove the super majority vote currently required to hire or fire key town officials.

This is truly disappointing.

Certain members of the council seem to be unable or unwilling to step back and see how bad the timing of this action looks in the eyes of the community and the rest of the state. We are just starting to see the waters calm after a very public incident involving the mayor's arrest -- an incident that may or may not be related to his desire to remove the super majority clause. Either way, considering this move clearly paints a bad picture that our community doesn't need right now.

What's even more disappointing is that the action is so unnecessary. Why certain members of the council are even considering this move now is beyond logic.

Former mayor Ray Schum perhaps expressed concern as simply as any of us could when he said, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."

We agree.

There is absolutely no pressing reason to take this action, and plenty of excellent reasons to leave it alone. The town currently has top-notch career department heads with proven track records. The staff turnover rate is low and our community has benefited from the stability this creates.

During the council meeting, the mayor blamed his critics and my editorial for creating controversy over this issue. Councilman Robert Henley criticized readers who expressed their feelings and concerns on the newspaper's opinion page.

We would hope they see that the opinions expressed in this newspaper are a reflection of real concerns residents have, and should not be taken lightly or ignored.

We ask the council members who are considering this action to listen to the public and do the right thing.

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