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Letter to the Editor: Qualifications

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By Mel Coonrod


A few weeks ago I challenged all the candidates including the incumbent commissioners to tell the voters of Carbon County their qualifications for the job.

I was gratified to see David S. Palacios' notice in the paper outlining his experience. If I were hiring a manager I would certainly consider Dave for the job.

I also had the pleasure of meeting with Jake Mellor. He told me he held a Master's Degree, has ran a successful business and did not seek office for any reason except for the fact he felt he could improve Carbon County.

Dan Butler currently manages the restaurant at the Carbon County Club. I know Dan personally and he has done a great job at the Country Club. He is well educated and is working toward a Master's Degree in Business.

Based on what the candidates have put forth, it would appear that all of them may be better qualified than the incumbents. Unfortunately, the two incumbents appear to be either very shy or perhaps they will not state their qualifications because they have none.

I and the rest of the voters are still waiting to see the qualifications of the incumbent commissioners. I am certain they do not want to run on their accomplishments while holding the office of Commissioner. They have demonstrated a talent to spend huge amounts of OPM (other's people's money) while they have held office, managed to incur more debt than the last 10 commissions; run a major oil company out of the county and planted a field of dreams at the Senior Citizen Center, which in reality is a continuing money pit.

These are their most noteworthy accomplishments.

The jury is still out on how they will handle the white elephant they have created with the old court house. Not to mention the huge costs and cost overruns of the new county buildings, which by the way, is costing more per sq. foot ($500) than our famous basketball player spent on his mansion in Park City.

I understand they now have hired a commissioner's father-in-law hopefully to oversee the cost overruns on the new courthouse. In addition to a commissioner's father as construction foreman for a portion of the job, I guess the commission's way to handle cost overruns is to hire more family. I did not see the requests for bids on these jobs. Apparently, nepotism is alive and well in county government.

I would really like to see our incumbent commissioners state their qualifications such as years of education, successful businesses in the last 15 years, etc. I feel that if the incumbents would only tell the voters their education and business successes, some of these rumors about one commissioner not making it through the 7th grade and the other commissioner going bankrupt in his last three business attempts, and his inability to hold a job could be put to rest, unless they are, in fact, true.

Also, I understand that the county is to give preference to local contractors. Why are they buying all of the concrete from a company that's head office is in Salt Lake City?

I am confident Nielson Construction is local, has both offices and plants established in Carbon and Emery counties. It does make one wonder who is running this circus.

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