MY VIEW: What should residents sacrifice to support government change?

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 17:17 PM.

In March, the citizens of Crestview must ask themselves: Is the system they operate under broken?

While a city form of government is nothing like our federal government — with a true checks and balance system — the current charter was established for a reason. In the current charter, the mayor and the city council both have powers, which help oversee the other.

It is not like our three-prong federal government, but it has worked for 90-plus years.

The biggest concern is over the possible creation of a city administrator, who would be hired and work at the wishes of those presiding on the city council.

While the issue of money is a valid one, an even bigger question is what will happen to the city administrator if he or she conflicts with the council or mayor. A prime example of these concerns and issues has occurred to the west of us in Escambia County. Just this past week, Escambia County set themselves up to start the search for a fourth county administrator in roughly the same number of years since they serve at the will of the commissioners.

Thus, the concern of politics, at its worse form, raises its ugly head.

What happens if the city administrator conflicts with two city council members and they can rally those seated with them?



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