County man­ager

The Covington News - - OPINION -

To tell you the truth, we were taken aback by the sud­den ap­point­ment of a suc­ces­sor to County Man­ager John Middleton, who re­cently an­nounced that he in­tends to step down at the end of the year.

We have no prob­lem with the ap­point­ment of Tom Gar­rett as as­sis­tant county man­ager and heir to Middleton’s job. We be­lieve Gar­rett has done a good job in his role as trans­porta­tion di­rec­tor for the county, and it gen­er­ally is a pos­i­tive when you can pro­mote from within.

What we are puz­zled about is the need to ap­point some­one in this po­si­tion right now.

Some county com­mis­sion­ers told our reporter that they asked county res­i­dents and com­mu­nity lead­ers to give their thoughts on this ap­point­ment and that those folks gave them the green light.

We find that hard to ac­cept be­cause gen­er­ally, when this type of dis­cus­sion is go­ing on, it reaches our desks.

We thought that a choice for new county man­ager would be fully, pub­licly vet­ted and not just popped out on an un­sus­pect­ing elec­torate.

The com­mis­sion­ers owe Newton County’s cit­i­zens more of an ex­pla­na­tion than they have of­fered thus far as to why they felt this ap­point­ment was so cru­cial that it had to be done right now, with­out any in­put from the pub­lic.

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