Greene County Commissioners president Bart Beard stepped out on a limb earlier this week and suggested publicly that Greene County hire -- or at the very least consider -- a county manager.
It was a bold move he's been wanting to make for a while, and he decided now was the time to let the Greene County Council know about his views.
I commend Beard for his actions. Not everyone, though, agrees.
Greene County Commissioner Kathy Crouch believes she was caught off guard by Beard's announcement, and says the other two commissioners -- including herself and Larry Hasler -- should have discussed the issue before Beard went to the council.
Maybe, maybe not.
Beard is the president of the commissioners, and he's responsible for taking the lead in decisions. It's his job to shoulder the burden.
When someone wants to blame a county official for the problems with the courthouse, who usually gets the blame in public? Beard.
I believe it's important that the commissioners get together on the issue of a county manager and discuss -- in public -- whether or not this will work for Greene County.
Politics must be checked at the door. This issue is way too important.
How many companies do you know that allows its employees to order office supplies from 10 different businesses?
Does it make sense for county offices to order computers from five or six different companies?
Buying in bulk saves money, and companies are willing to cut customers a break if you buy in bulk.
I bet the bidding process would be much more competitive -- meaning better prices for the county -- if items were purchased from one company.
Doesn't it make sense to have a county manager do a lot of the research on issues and grant writing? Think about how much money could be saved in legal fees.
The list of potential savings is long.
There have been some negative comments on the Greene County Daily World's Web site concerning the idea of a county manager. There are some other areas that money should be spent, including raises for county employees.
But if you've kept a close eye on the county's budget hearings the past few years, you know there's not much money available for raises. If the county manager can find ways to save money, the potential is there for raises.
It's important for all Greene County officials to consider a county manager, and not dismiss it just because it's never been done.
It's every elected officials' job to spend taxpayers' money wisely, and considering a county manager is an important step in that process.