Why are there eight people running for County Commissioner and seven for County Sheriff?
It's like looking through a new deck of playing cards. Of course I'm talking about the seemingly record number of people running for public office. If you didn't know better, you'd think our community was filled with really public servant minded people. What a lovely community.
But, we know better.
There are many reasons people run for public office and far be it for me to assume I know exactly all the reasons why any of these people is running for public office. That said, there is one factor that can't be overlooked: our sad economy. If I told you there were three jobs available, two starting at either $68,000 and the other at $74,000, plus great medical and retirement benefits, plus a near guarantee of four years before your first review, prestige from many in the local community and offices in Klamath Falls, you'd probably say, "Sign me up now."
The fact is those kind of jobs aren't really available in Klamath County, except at the Commissioners and Sheriff level. Sure these jobs are in the spotlight and come with headaches, but many people like the public limelight and what job doesn't have its unique challenges? My point is that we should not overlook the fact that a poor local economy is driving people to "take a chance" at getting a better job.
My concern would be let's not hire someone for one of these positions who is either not working or who will be getting a big pay raise. That could be the worst thing we could do. Instead let's make sure we elect people who have a real agenda that will work for all the people and that don't just want to add tax levy after tax levy to "fix" our county's financial problems.