As you hopefully know, Orange County is in the process of looking for a new Manager to lead the county government. Last week OP editor Molly De Marco attended the first session along with CHCCSS School Board Member James Barrett and probable County Commissioner candidate Mark Marcoplos. And that's it. No-one else attended the meeting. The second meeting was held last night in Hillsborough, but I was not able to make it (as I had hoped to do) and I doubt many other did in that miserable weather!
Personally, I think the most important trait in a government leader is a dedication to democracy and open government. There are many more priorities, but if a good leader listens to the people of the county then those things will follow.
I'm told that folks can submit their ideas to the commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org. We already had some great discussion when our last manager Frank Clifton retired about the type of leadership we hope to see from the county, but I wanted to make sure to remind you all to get your voices heard now. We've seen what a disaster it can be to have a manager that thinks he knows better than the constituents and elected officials that are his bossess. Let's see if we can do better this time.