County needs be hire people with experience
Congratulations to Kealii Kanahele for his fine article, “How can we trust the candidates?” TGI Nov. 19.
His article highlighted the dismal shape our parks and recreation areas are in and referenced our Parks and Recreation director as the person responsible for their terrible condition. Yes, this director is in charge of them and the buck does stop at his desk. And as Mr. Kanahele points out, this person is now running for mayor so if he cannot properly do the job he now has, how are we going trust him in a higher position?
In fact a recent poll in TGI asked the question, “Are you happy with the condition of Kauai’s Parks?” The response was quite revealing. Total votes: 414.
Yes. They’re in fine condition. A credit to the Island. 56 or 13.5 percent.
No. They’re often dirty. An embarrassment to the Island. 336 or 81.2 percent.
I don’t go to the parks so I don’t care. 22 or 5.3 percent.
Thus an incredible amount of people, over 81 percent feel that the person in charge is not doing their job. And, why is this?
Mainly because some of the people we hire for key positions are not experienced or qualified for these jobs and the tax payers are short changed. And not just in the parks example, but in so many other county jobs where people are chosen for political reasons and not for their qualifications.
If the person, man or woman, at the top has no experience or knowledge in whatever field they chose to be in, then those under that person will never be able to successfully run that operation.
And, we certainly cannot blame an inexperienced person from taking a job that is offered to them but we can demand (at the ballot box!!) that the person at the top doing the hiring is held responsible for positive results.
Glenn Mickens, Kapaa