Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Schoen, commissioners work hard for their money

    I read with interest the views of the commissioner candidates.  I laud all candidates for standing for office and wish there were no uncontested races.
    That said, it seems clear to me that the mayor of Carey is confusing his part-time duties with the truly untold and exponentially more complex responsibilities of the commissioners. With all the various committees, public meetings, meetings with department heads, constituents, and out-of-town responsibilities such as legislative representation, the commissioners need to make appointments to see their families. It is not a part-time job and the mayor has obviously never seen any of their respective weekly calendars. It’s too bad they are not available for all to see. These folks are busy working for us.
     While I recently criticized them and the school board for specific fiscal irresponsibility, I actually exempted Larry Schoen in that case because of his vote. And while the timing of the commissioner salary increase was poor, I feel they deserve it and by spreading over three years, did it responsibly. Perhaps a different mechanism should be explored so that some other committee sets the commissioners salaries so they are not criticized for giving themselves raises. Also, first-term salaries should be less than a third-term official.  And perhaps an extra stipend for the extra responsibilities of the rotating chairmanship would be appropriate.
     I heartily endorse and thank Larry Schoen for his experience, dedication and enthusiasm for serving us all in a most difficult position.
John Vladimiroff
Blaine County

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