To the editor:
Occasionally, an elected official needs to be removed from his or her position.
In some cases, it could be unethical behavior, or maybe a conflict of interest, or sometimes just plain contempt for the job.
A recall is the power of the voters to remove such an elected official before their term expires. It has been a fundamental part of our government system since 1911 and used by voters to express their dissatisfaction with their elected representative.
In Marion County, there exists a profound dissatisfaction among voters with the 1st District county commissioner.
Her lack of attendance along with continued tardiness to the regular and special scheduled County Commission meetings prevents the commission from functioning effectively.
County commissioners receive a salary of $18,096 per year. In 2016 there were 66 meetings, which equates to $274 per meeting. County commissioners get full pay regardless of attendance. This county commissioner was absent for 28 meetings and late or left meetings early 32 times in her two-year tenure.
This is crazy incompetence and totally unacceptable!
I ask, what happened to a full day’s pay for a full day’s work?
Voters in 1st District have little or no representation from their elected official, and in my opinion this commissioner demonstrates an arrogant contempt for the county commission position.
Taxpayers and voters expect and deserve better.
Marion County commissioners will be making major decisions over the course of the next several years that will shape and impact Marion County’s future for generations.
The people of Marion County need three commissioners who are serious, dedicated and passionate to the future prosperity and growth of our county.
It’s very sad. It’s time for a recall!