We’re not sure what kind of political maneuvering the County commission is up to, but we don’t think it’s in the best interest of the citizens of Hardy County.
Last year when two members of the public volunteered to serve on the Hardy County Rural Development Authority Board, the county commission insisted the RDA publish an announcement in the newspaper requesting other volunteers. No one applied.
The two volunteers were appointed, much to the consternation of Commissioner Harold Michael. His rationale was the volunteers already served on a number of community committees and boards.
Later, a member of the Hardy County Public Service District Board’s term expired and the board requested he be reappointed. Again, the commission insisted an advertisement be published asking for volunteers. None were forthcoming and the board member was reappointed.
Last month, a valued member of the Hardy County PSD passed away unexpectedly. Anticipating the commission would again insist the PSD advertise for volunteers, they published a request in the Moorefield Examiner for two weeks.
[private] Two people volunteered and the PSD general manager submitted one of the names to the commission for consideration.
But instead of appointing the recommendation of the PSD, the commission appointed someone else who is also an employee of the County Commission.
While it is at the total discretion of the County Commission to appoint members of local boards, it begs the question why wouldn’t they accept the recommendation presented to them?
If the county commission wants to “stack the deck” so to speak, why would they be so blatant about it?
It’s no wonder they have trouble getting citizens to serve on volunteer boards.