Tuesday, September 06, 2016
How Do You Rate Your Local Elected Officials?
Someone asked this question at Opinions Online on Saturday, but that question was drowned out in the incessant chatter from people talking at (instead of to) each other concerning the presidential race. I assume that the question relates to municipal elected officials. Who would you want on a five-person Board to lead your town?
Here's my top five. Dave Colver (Palmer Tp - thorough, organized and lets people have their say); Ron Beitler (Lower Macungie - transparent, thoughtful, thinks outside the box); The entire Hanover Tp, Northampton County Board (Yes, they are that good); Jerry Geake (Upper Mount Bethel, understands his township inside and out); and Matt Dees (transparent and has displayed maturity about borough government despite being in office for less than a year).
What these leaders all have in common is that they listen. While you may disagree with their ultimate decision, you will know they have heard you.
In fairness, there are many municipalities I've never visited, and others I've only been at once or twice. My general view is that most of them try hard to do the right thing. I've been very impressed at Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, and East Allen.
Freemansburg throws the best party (National Night Out), hands down.
I should also point out that I love the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, not because he was good, but was so damn funny. Maybe Nazareth will appoint him.
I did not include City Councils in this evaluation because their functions are a little different from Township boards or borough councils.