In the last week we have found out who our new city manager as well as school superintendent will be. Much research went in by both city council as well as the board of education.
First the city reported hiring Anthony Carson as Painesville's new city manager. Now if I met him on the street tomorrow I would never spot him.
The council-president gave a short Bio. of him as to growing up in Northeast Ohio and presently living in Maryland.
We could have hired Johnny Carson or even Kit Carson for all we know.
The council kept the decision close to the vest never really telling who or how many they even were interviewed.
We could have interviewed the greatest city manger and then let them slip through our fingers. But we will never know. Here's our guy we feel confident in our decision.
Not faulting their system at all. It's there way of selection.
Now the Painesville School Board took a different approach. They interviewed as many as twenty candidates and came down to three finalists. These three were the ones at the 'meet and greet' in April.
Now I believe this process was all intended to be transparent.
But in the process something backfired. The community didn't view the finalist as the BOE.
I had one board member explain that it was pretty even in the way the three groups viewed them.
I have no idea what meeting he attended but it wasn't the way I viewed the candidates at the meeting.
Now I could be wrong but even before the meeting I believe the BOE had decided on who was going to be their next superintendent.
Problem was the community as well as staff didn't see it the same way.
First you offer the job to someone who turns it down. Then you are left with what?
Now Mr. Shepard is coming into a fire storm created by whom? May have had good intentions but in the end who's happy.
I expect Mr. McWreath to look for opportunities elsewhere, I also expect Mr. Shepard to also run into unneeded opposition.
Remember what happened is neither Dr. Moore, Mr. Shepard, or Mr. Mcwreath fault. In the future the BOE SHOULD know, no MUST know the desires of the community better.