At a called meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, members of the Appling County Board of Commissioners voted to do something a little unusual. On a split vote the commission voted to hire a second public works director. Tommy Davis currently holds the position and the county expends approximately $50,000.00 on his annual salary. It is understood that both positions would have equal authority.
One department head has managed this county department for many years. So why now does the department need a second department head? One would believe that with technological changes over the past 10 - 20 years, if anything, this job should be easier to perform.
As one last question to ponder, when you consider the state of financial distress across this community and country, why would the county create redundancies for certain positions?
Another area this newspaper finds troubling is the amount of closed-door sessions the commission has been holding. As a reminder to all elected officials in Appling County, an open door policy is always best.