Professional manager would move borough in new direction

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2004

We think the borough voters should have the opportunity to vote up or down the proposed borough professional manager type of government. It appears to work well in the Mat-Su borough and the cities of Soldotna and Kenai as an illustration. A pro would not have any involvement in politics, since he or she would be totally engaged in the business of a cost-effective, visionary borough government similar to a top manager in the private sector.

When we see two economic development district enterprises locally, it makes us wonder why two are necessary? This is one small illustration of a local duplication. There are others! The borough handles multi-millions of our money, so why not have a professional manager?

The balance of an education in business and engineering as the primary criteria for the manager is a good balance. An engineer would have a tendency to gold plate. An accountant would have a tendency to penny pinch. The manager with a combination of business and engineering would bring us someone halfway in between with excellent vision.

The strong mayoral type of government is fast becoming a thing of the past in most cities of the United States for obvious reasons. Modern times demand modern tools the very best tools!

Bill and Samon Arnold, Sterling

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