The process needs to change

Day County has had a number of recent resignations. Not a big deal in my book if they are county employees. People come and go at jobs. Where the rub comes is the resignations have been elected officials. First it was the Day County Treasurer, then the Day County Auditor and now the State’s Attorney.

Maybe there is some underlying medical condition going around the courthouse and all the people are experiencing the symptoms of I’ve Had Enough Of Political Service. In my view they should have figured it out before they took out a petition to run for the position again. Granted, there may be a real medical reason for having to resign from the position they were elected to, either with themselves or a family member.

Elected officials need to be held to higher standards, and need to fill out their term, plain and simple. It is one thing for a newly elected official to come into the position and just be overwhelmed and wonder if it is ever going to end. It does at the end of the term. But it is a totally different thing when they have been in office for more than one term. They should know and not start to think about who to hand pick as their replacement before turning in the resignation mid term.

Then commissioners need to decide if this is filled until the next election, left open and staff pick up the slack, make the elected official stay on, advertise for the opening like they would do for a deputy sheriff. There are a lot of options.

I’m am definitely not saying the people who have filled those positions are not qualified, they have the experience and have done and continue to do a great job and luckily they did step up. But commissioners or the state need to set some clear rules. If an elected official resigns before their term is up, at the next general election that position should be open. Commissioners need to then have a couple of options. Appoint a person for interim, deny the resignation until the next general election or like any position that comes open, advertise and interview candidates and let them know that voters will ultimately decide their fate at the next election.

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