Letter to the Editor

Thanks commissioners for thinking of taxpayers first

Friday, September 14, 2007

To the Editor:

Last week there was an article by one of your writers that criticized the Greene County Commissioners for deleting from the budget the position of county managers.

A county manager would have taken some of the pressure and expenditure of time off the shoulders of the commissioners and may even save the county some money. However, the writer goes on to insinuate that the county is spending too much money on computer repair and stated that perhaps the new county manager should also be able to do computer repair.

A person who is qualified for county manager is one who has a college degree in political science. If the writer had taken the time to look at what was required he would have found that it requires courses in accounting, local and state government, human resources, personnel management, personal law, and public administration. They may also have specialized courses in such matters as accounting for public funds and how to apply for grants.

A computer technician would have more math courses and courses in computer telecommunications, circuit analysis linear circuits, digital circuits, receiver and video analysis, computer electronics and computer repair. To adequate service all problems would require a square wave generator and a host of specialized equipment which may costs as much as $25,000 for the absolute minimum.

I suppose the author expects this to be furnished also by the county manager at no cost to the county. If there is excess computer repair being done, document and get the facts and then report on the problem. Don't malign the county commissioners or conduct a vague smear campaign unless there is a defined problem.

The point that I am trying to make is that we are talking about a white collar and a blue collar position that requires completely different type of training. The Greene County Commissioners should be congratulated in putting the taxpayers of the county first over their desires to decrease the work that falls on their shoulders.

Edward Richards