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Walter critical of Beer Board appointment

Several months ago I spoke with both the Johnson County Mayor and the chairman of the Beer Board (a county commissioner) about the county’s Beer Board. I expressed an interest in becoming a member. At that time there was no vacancy, but was thanked for my interest and would be considered when an opening existed. Last week I was attending an A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition meeting and heard a new member of the Beer Board had been nominated and approved at the monthly Johnson County commissioners meeting. When I found out who had been selected, all I could say was, “You’ve got to be kidding.” I wasn’t the only one that had the same reaction.
Here is my issue. First of all I was not afforded the courtesy of consideration based on my interest expressed to two county officials. Second, I question the judgment of the commissioners on their selection process. I am guessing the commissioners used the “Good Ole Boy” process when selecting a new board member rather than choosing  the best qualified individual to help uphold the alcohol enforcement laws of the county entrusted to the Beer Board.  I am not trying to say I would necessarily be the best choice, but I believe that there are other individuals in the county that are more qualified to serve rather than the latest appointment.
This should be a disturbing example to the community on the lack of good judgment of the county commissioners. Public opinion and community reaction to questionable decisions can be a strong influence. I hope the commissioners consider how an appointment may be viewed by the people of Johnson County.  Doing the right thing is not always easy, doesn’t have to feel good, but in the end will gain the respect of those that voted for you.

A concerned citizen,
Phil Walter