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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Choices, choices

February 02, 2011 - I am glad to see the selection committee for the next Independence Township Clerk has narrowed the 45 person resume pool down to the top three.

I believe all three candidates have the abilities and skill sets of a good clerk. Joan McCrary already having been the township clerk for 16 years and knowing the job can hit the ground running on day one.

Joan Patterson has shown to give careful thought to decisions made on the Clarkston school board level and has a thirst for always learning something new.

Unfortunately, I don't know Barbra Pallotta as well as I do McCrary or Patterson. Judging from her background of working for various municipalties around the state as a steno clerk doing meeting minutes as well as serving as a deputy clerk I'm sure she has gained helpful insight to do the job efficently.

As to whether or not any of the township board members added any names from the resume pool they thought should be considered, I won't know until after this paper has already gone to print.

To be honest I don't really see the point of having a committee to select "the top three" if board members are just going to add more names to the list. It defeats the purpose of having a "selection committee if you start second guessing their selections.

There has been a level of secretcy and "keeping things on the DL (Down Low)," which I have not liked. For example 45 people put their names in for Township Clerk, but the residents only get to know who the top three selected are. I agree with Trustee Mark Petterson that all names should have been made known to the public WITHOUT a Freedom of Information request.

As Petterson said "This is not just a job - This is a political position with statutory duties within our community."

Another example of secretcy is when I called two of the top three candidates they had not even recieved a phone call from a committee member letting them know they had been selected.

I understand giving the "official news" in a public board meeting, but not letting candidates know ahead of time and making them "sit on pins and needles" is wrong in my opinion. This isn't a game show, stop treating it as one. Remember "open, honest, and transparent government."

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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