Clark Henderson has told me that he was elected to rule Crisp Co. WRONG !!!
Comm. Nance has assumed an iron fisted dominance over the public meetings. WRONG!!!
You may insert your own comments about the other commissioners.
But, can anyone comment positively on the strong leadership of our commission? Leadership is the purpose for which they were elected. I also believe that leadership is fundamentally a function of service. Our commissioners are known as "public servants" because they are in a position of service to us.
I see in our commission an attitude of control which I perceive to be the opposite of service. If we cease to refer to them as public servants and begin calling them "public controllers," I think they would dislike it.
Why then, should we be satisfied to be controlled instead of served? Is a word worse than the deed it describes?
The greatest, most powerful, and most successful leader ever known is our Lord, Jesus Christ. Throughout all recorded history of Him, there is no suggestion of leading by control, but always by serving.
I do not condemn our commissioners for their performance style. My purpose is to bring attention to inequity as I see it and to effect transparency in our government and our participation in it.
So, what I see is commissioners who are constantly shooting from the hip. They seem to operate instinctively as opposed to scientifically and according to standard protocol.
I empathize with their business behavior because I think I understand its origin - it’s what they have always known and therefore what they learned. It’s simply a case of following-a-pattern.
Crisp Co., as a small rural community, appears to have always been run by an elite group of citizens represented by "good ole boys" from the group. This type government helped develop Crisp Co. into the admirable community that it is.
Its growth has attracted an eclectic population from diverse cultures and that citizenry has needs, desires and opinions unlike the "home grown" lifestyle of the farming community which spawned our commissioners.
Our commission is now called upon to serve citizens who live quite differently from themselves and their forebears. Most of these citizens are not farmers. Consequently, the community must now change or regress.
Our common goal is the opposite of regress. We want progress to the benefit of our welfare and that of our children. I believe our commissioners want progress. I also believe they are not prepared for it. They are effecting a style of management that is at least 50 years antiquated.
This phenomena is not exclusive to our county. It persists throughout the U.S. So, how do we fix it?
I suggest we fix it the same way one eats an elephant - one small bite at a time. We need to become involved. Check! We're doing that with our group.
We need to call attention to anything we find wrong in our government. Check! We're doing that by tackling our first issue, the garbage ordinance.
We need to work and enlist others into our cause. Check! We're doing that - I appreciate what each of you does and I thank you for encouraging me. We need to add prayer to God in every aspect of our endeavor.
We need to have a meeting, soon. Do we have a volunteer for a place and time? I think the next meeting may be larger. Be mindful of that if you volunteer.
Remember to keep getting those signatures and enlisting signature gatherers.
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