Cancel The Elections!
Should we just cancel any upcoming elections since Lindsey McWilliams, our current county elections guru, is moving on to greener pastures?
The Times- Standard reports that, with Lindsey's departure, the county will suffer a great loss in institutional knowledge in regards the nuts and bolts of holding elections, never mind the Elections Department already being short staffed.
This does seem somewhat troubling, but what we need to keep in mind is that, assuming the situation with the Elections Dept. stayed the same, the situation would be no different had McWilliams not moved on but simply retired.
What bothers me is when one person in any organization becomes the supposed linchpin of the operation. Any organization should do its best to keep the talent and knowledge spread wide enough so everything doesn't hinge on one person, although I know that's easier said than done.
As far as McWilliams replacement, how about Lou Leeper, the current (is she still there?) Elections Assistant, or whatever her title is? She's been in the office for quite some time. Why not give her a try? She knows her way around the office and might appreciate the raise.