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Qualifications

By From page A5 | July 16, 2014

EDITOR:

People, people, people. Why is it when elections roll around, people come out of the woodwork thinking they are qualified to do a job they’ve never done before? I’m thinking there’s no one reading this newspaper that hasn’t applied for a job at least once in their lifetime. And every school teaches kids how to fill out a job application. What are the first two pieces of information asked for after name, address and contact numbers? Education and experience that relates to that job. So, when considering becoming a public servant by way of the Board of Supervisors, there’s only one question to ask: Who has the best job-related education and experience to be able to hit the road running?

I don’t know too many employers that are interested in hiring someone cold, with none of the above, based on how nice a person they are (and I’m sure they all are), who they play golf with, or what special self-serving interest they have. Natural new-job learning curve notwithstanding, employers want to know that they have hired the person that is going to be able to do the job with little or no prompting. They don’t want to first have to teach their new employee how to do it … that’s the purpose of the application process. Who can do it best? They want to know they are hiring the person that is going to cause them little or no need for “attention” from the bosses. In short, they are looking to find the person who will become one with the employer and carry forth the same message and quality of business, or even improve it. If you are an employer, you know what I mean. Call it vested interest. In this case, our vested interest.

In short, between now and November, we the voters, the employers of the BOS, need to look at each candidate very carefully and determine their causes for wanting us to employ them; who has the most qualifying education and experience for this job of making decisions for each of us, and who will best carry the banner for El Dorado County as a proud and devoted public servant with the future of our county as his/her first priority. What training has the candidate had? No axes to grind, no self-interest, no ego-driven causes, just plain old-fashioned “I’m the best person for this job because these are my qualifications.” It’s not good enough to just have an opinion; we all have one or more of those. But we don’t all have the correct training to become a leader in the county government. And it is not an entry-level position.

If the applicants don’t know the general plan well, don’t know about zoning and land use, don’t know about economic development, tourism, mental health, law enforcement, parks and recreation, etc. and all of the other departments in the flow chart of EDC governance, don’t have actual experience using it, teaching it, doing it, are they the best qualified? If the candidates have not been involved as participants in the operations of the county government, or similar government entities, they do not know the laws, regulations, policies, etc. that will guide and color their opinions. We wouldn’t hire a surgeon without first knowing if we can trust him/or her based on his/her past experience and education. I want the person who’s done the brain surgery many times before as opposed to someone who’s never done it; they’ve had the opportunity to learn from their own mistakes as well as their successes. They know what works and what doesn’t. Why would we do any less for our government officials who will have even more of a daily impact on us by their operations?

Please study the candidates well and practice your own democracy in November by casting an informed ballot for the best qualified employee.

JEANNE HARPER
Pollock Pines

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