Commission should open interview process to public

Published 9:06am Thursday, November 21, 2013

Last week we learned that the Elmore County Commission had narrowed the list of applicants for the county administrator position down to seven ­finalists.

The position, which is of the utmost importance when it comes to the day-to-day operations of the county’s governmental body, was advertised nationwide. So it came as no surprise that an application came from as far away as Alaska, according to Commission Chairman David Bowen.

On Nov. 25 the seven finalists will be brought in for face-to-face interviews – behind closed doors – to eventually name the county’s third administrator in less than two years.

We were told two commissioners would meet with each candidate during the interview process. In doing so, the commission is merely circumventing the Sunshine Laws of this state to keep the taxpayers in the dark.

We find this troubling given the recent days in which so many governmental agencies and bodies have been caught red-handed working behind closed doors.

We would have found it refreshing and an act of good faith and transparency on the part of the commission to boldly step forward and hold the interview process in an open forum.

Not only do we think the interview process of these final seven should be in an open forum, but it should be done by the entire commission so that all districts of this county are represented.

This office is the key cog to keeping our county government wheels turning when it comes to the use of the taxpaying citizens’ money. Shouldn’t we, as the taxpayers, be given full disclosure as to whom will be entrusted with our money?

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