Friday, January 15, 2010

Bad idea shelved

According to First Coast News, the Charter Revision Commission has nixed the idea of appointing a sheriff. Good riddance.
This is an old idea, and a bad one. In the original Blueprint for Improvement, the plan was to let the mayor appoint five constitutional officers -- the sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, elections supervisor and clerk of the court.
People didn't like the idea and it was dropped in the proposed charter approved 2-1 at the polls.
In my view there would be nothing much wrong with appointing the elections supervisor and court clerk, which mainly have administrative duties.
But the sheriff, tax collector and property appraiser have jobs that directly affect people's lives and property. They, like local judges, should be answerable to the voters.

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