We think a county manager is needed now more than ever to see to the day-to-day operations of our county government.
Department heads don’t need five bosses to report directly to. Just like our five county commissioners don’t need the daily worry of administrative operations. County commissioners have a tough job all on their own, and we expect them, as constituents, to take care of our needs in our respective districts, not dealing with something that a county manager can take care of on his or her own at the local county office.
That being said, we think it’s a right move forward for our county. A story on the front page of the April 27 edition stated that, by law, the county doesn’t have to advertise to hire a county manager. They can appoint who they wish to choose.
We have a county coordinator who has been on the job for a little over a year now. Joe Gerrity has done a lot to help this county through his efforts on the Catalyst Project, the perimeter road project, taking over the maintenance department, and countless others. He is already doing the basic job of a county manager - without the title. However, he doesn’t have the full authority that a county manager should have over administrative affairs.
We respect the reason that some commissioners have in wanting to advertise the position - to get the best person for the job.
In our view, you already have that person.