The three library finalists, and two superintendent finalists (both containing one familiar name already locally employed by the organizations) seem qualified, highly experienced and their approaches/beliefs open to detailed probing before a selection is made, which must occur at least 14 days after the finalists are revealed to the public.
That’s the way those top-level, taxpayer-salaried positions should be filled and we point this out as a model to follow to the state, which does not always appear to do it this way.
For example, Gov. Nathan Deal recently “suggested” a candidate for the open top job running the Georgia Lottery to the governing board of seven … who are appointed by the governor. The result: Nobody else applied (and one board member quit in protest feeling the process rigged.)
Floyd’s future library director knows what a book is; the future superintendent has been in a classroom. The next certain lottery boss is Deal’s current budget director and it is unknown whether she has ever, in her life, spent a dollar on even a $1 scratch-off.
The comparison is interesting, and may help explain to citizens why local government so often appears both better and more smoothly run than state government. There is a difference between playing the odds and outright gambling.