REGISTER VIEWPOINT: The fix wasn't in in Brown selection

Sandusky city commissioners got some heat last week from one of the candidates not selected for the open seat vacated by soon-to-be
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Sandusky city commissioners got some heat last week from one of the candidates not selected for the open seat vacated by soon-to-be state Rep. Dennis Murray Jr.

But we think the Rev. Dan Miller is off base contending the pick was fixed from the beginning. Did city hall rig the election? No, would be the clear answer we see from this perch. Should there be a special investigation? No, there should not.

Yes, city commissioners discussed the choices, and, yes, Pervis Brown, a candidate backed by soon-to-be ex-officio mayor Craig Stahl, was an early favorite. Brown was not this editorial board's top choice for the open seat, but in the end commissioners voted and selected Brown through a due and pretty diligent process. That same due diligence was followed when commissioner Bob Warner was selected earlier this year.

Miller and the 12 other candidates all should be commended for their willingness to step up. Our community would be well-served had any one of them been selected, and would be well-served if each one gives serious consideration to a campaign for city commission this fall or another time in the future.

However, Miller's call for a special investigation to determine whether the picks were fixed is a path to nowhere. Right now, and right here, commissioners have much greater challenges. Cutting budgets and cutting services, consolidating and getting concessions from unions representing city workers tops the priority list. The shrinking tax revenues demand productivity and efficiency upgrades from every city department

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