The Mesa County Commissioners have been totally silent on the impact the COVID-19 crisis will have on the County’s ability to deliver basic services to residents during the many months before our economy returns to normal. Rather than buckling down and addressing the tough financial questions, they meet weekly to hear updates from County staff and to whine about just how terrible the Governor is. There is nothing wrong with these two activities. Staff needs to know the bosses support them. Complaining about what happens in Denver is a waste of time but it apparently makes them feel important.
Commissioners are “deathly afraid of addressing tough problems in a public setting”
These people are each paid over $90K per year (pdf) and are expected to devote full-time to their job. It is a fair question to ask them to disclose in detail just what they do all week. What can be more important than developing a plan to deal with this virus? It is not good enough to make vague statements like “I talked to some constituents and met with staff.” Now is not the time to deal with issues like the pipeline to Oregon or other issues not directly related to this crisis.
Inept behavior from incumbents, silence from Republican commissioner candidates
Their lack of comment regarding how the County is being run leads me to believe that they intend to fall right in line if they are elected. McInnis will still be there after the election. He is the one most committed to doing almost nothing and the one most fearful of letting citizens in on the discussions that lead to decisions. He
has a dominating personality and is a very poor listener. The last things we need are two new Commissioners who will follow his lead.
- On March 21, 2020, Dennis Simpson made specific recommendations on financial actions the county commissioners could take to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. That article is here.
- One 2020 candidate for county commissioner, Kathryn Bedell, DVM, of Fruita, who is running in District 1 (the west end of the county) has spoken up publicly with her ideas of what county commissioners should be doing to address to Coronavirus pandemic. Her commentary is here.