Supervisors Should Not be a Captive of the Staff

Russ Steele

I was in the military for 20 years and worked as military contractor for another 16 years, that gives me about 36 years of experience in dealing with military leaders. Some leaders were independent thinkers and other were nothing more that sock puppets of their staffs.  Some military leaders started out as independent thinkers, but soon became lazy and let the staff do all the work. They became captive of the staff.

I think that after two terms as Supervisor one has a tendency to be come captured by the staff, especially a Supervisor with a strong military background. Military leaders rely of their staffs and it is easy to be captured and soon become nothing more than a sock puppet for what the staff thinks is right.

A strong leaders has to be constantly on guard to an independent thinker, taking staffs input and evaluating it, but making independent decisions on what is the best for the community, not necessarily the staff.

It has become clear to me it time for a change in District 1, time to get some fresh ideas in a leader that has not yet been captured by the County staff.

Therefore:  I am endorsing Sue McGuire for District 1 Supervisor.

Please vote for Sue McGuire, it is time for some independent thnking at the Board of Supervisors.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Supervisors Should Not be a Captive of the Staff

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    Russ, do you believe Nate’s vote in favor of the marijuana urgency ordinance was a result of staff captivation?

  2. Brad Croul says:

    Russ, I agree. I recently watched a replay of the MMJ urgency ordinance meeting at the BOS.
    The testimony was overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the discussion and working out a comprehensive, workable plan. However, the Beason, Scofield, and Weston already seemed to have made up their minds and were not really listening to any new ideas. The majority of the BOS left it up to the sheriff, attorney and staff who supports those departments to make the supervisor’s decisions for them.

    I thought staff rather than the supervisors themselves ran the HEW property sale as well.
    The HEW sale was plagued by a poorly written RFP without much help from the county legal department, as evidenced by the removal of the performance bond requirement after they chose who they would sell the property to. I don’t think the sale is complete even after a year or more of haggling with their chosen developer.

    In both of these cases, I heard board members lament that they have been dealing with (whatever issue) “long enough”. They just want these pesky loose ends tied up (as if the problems will just “go away”), and don’t really seem to care to do much research on their own.

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