BOS needs improvement

By From page A5 | July 10, 2013


Isn’t it a shame when citizens have to show up at the Open Forum over and over again to lecture the members of our Board of Supervisors about their duty as leaders to be open, transparent, honest and impartial in their elected duties bestowed upon them by the voters? Quite frankly, I don’t think these current board members can be lectured enough, as more citizens need to start standing up.

I have to commend local resident and attorney Kirk Smith for showing up on June 11 and making such a presentation to our morally challenged board about open and honest government. Mr. Smith is the son of the late longtime resident Tom Smith and he eloquently lectured the board about the importance of its public fiduciary duties, lawful duties and responsibilities to the public to act beyond reproach. He lectured the board about some of its recent decisions, which don’t pass the smell test and don’t have the best public interest at heart, such as the county’s recent decision to rent the Logan Building in Diamond Springs after the county lost over a million dollars and was the subject of numerous grand jury reports. Mr. Smith went on to discuss that there are too many closed session meetings by supervisors who appear to be discussing too much business in secret.

Mr. Smith offered excellent advice as to easy and economical ways the board can improve its transparency to the public and vowed to come back each week and provide more ideas on how the board can operate in the best interest of the public. I hope Mr. Smith returns, as he had many good ideas that our Board of Supervisors could definitely implement to try and regain the public trust and do what is best for the community.


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