Prop. 1 doesn’t sound like a great deal | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
August 8, 2011 · 11:01 AM
To the editor:
Even though I don’t live in Langley, I was following the pro and con Prop 1 debate and was finding persuasive arguments on each side.
Here is the argument that tipped me against Prop 1:
It sounds great in theory that you hire a highly trained manager who know laws and regulations and all that stuff that’s complex and technical and important. They get to know the town over time and eventually you get the best of both worlds at the price of one mayor plus assistant. Moneywise it looked to be a wash.
In practice, however, Langley is unlikely to be able to offer enough money and interest to attract a good person and keep them here long. We would probably attract very new graduates or else not very highly sought after ones, which might say something about their competency. Since they are committed to the job, and not to Langley per se, they will have their eye out for the next position in the next bigger town with more money. Statistics say these folks rarely stay longer than five years at best. Then we are training the next newbie.
Paying a lot of money for someone to learn on the job and leave just as they start to get some skill doesn’t sound like a great deal for Langley.