It's probably just a one or two day story...but the abrupt resignation of Jefferson County Treasurer Nancy Brown and her out-the-door blast at the county's fiscal practices raises questions.
I can't say I know Ms. Brown that well, but she has always been a rather quiet person politically, not given to hyperbole. I suspect she does have heartfelt heartburn over the situation.
However, she is an elected official...it is a constitutional office. She works for the people directly and really is not part of the county administrator's management team. Her statements that she didn't like to air the county's laundry in public are wrong. Now, maybe she did speak out over time,but I never heard about it and I tend to pay at least some attention to the affairs of the County Legislature.
The jobs of Treasurer and County Clerk were originally very important jobs, but years of growth in unelected management jobs, have left these posts diminished. However, these are the only two "electeds" working full time directly for the people. In the case of treasurer, there is some oversight of the fiscal affairs of a $150 million dollar operation. We were definately owed a heads up on her concerns before this.
I also was puzzled by the sudden departure from office before her term ended. When I suggested to a key Democrat her move was "Palinesque" I got the cold shoulder.
As a citizen, I don't know what to think of all this. I don't want to dismiss Ms. Brown's actions as "political theater" as I have never known her to be that way. On the other hand, I think when we elect another treasurer (the Governor will appoint one to finish her term), we need someone who feels the need and is able to communicate to the public and not think of themselves as someone else's "team".
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