LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SEAN SELBY CHARGES THAT COMMISSIONER SHOULDERS LACKS TRANSPARENCY AND…

first_imgSEAN SELBY CHARGES THAT COMMISSIONER SHOULDERS LACKS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY“Like everyone else in Vanderburgh County, I was especially caught off-guard by the news of this week’s vote at the county commissioner meeting by Ben Shoulders to place his campaign chairman as the new director of Burdette Park. Numerous residents and media outlets who were also surprised with the news have asked for a public comment, however none of us expected so quickly for the vindication of our campaign’s consistent clarion call regarding concerns over numerous conflicts of interest surrounding Shoulders.In fact, the Courier&Press sounded like it borrowed a line from the Selby for Commissioner campaign in Thursday’s editorial when they stated “Shoulders should have recused himself from the vote”. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough for the Courier&Press to retract their endorsement of Mr. Shoulders, but it may cause them to reconsider whether he qualifies as the “positive influence on the community and as the best choice for District One” when they endorsed him on October 26 of last year. It also might make a good portion of the Vanderburgh County residents who helped Shoulders achieve the slim 51% win in the election wary of their choice.This is especially the case when considering transparency and accountability do not seem to be a high priority to Mr. Shoulders, as the Courier&Press even pointed out that there was no opportunity for public comment, let alone was the replacement director even on the agenda. My experience with Burdette Director Murphy was always very positive on the campaign trail and with Vanderburgh Council President Montrastelle’s recent praise that he saved taxpayers 11% last year alone, many are further confused.At a minimum I continue to applaud Commissioner President Bruce Ungethiem, while out of town for this particular vote, has taken a sensible approach to county government and unlike other recent commissioners has avoided making hyper-political decisions. Hopefully, this revelation will result in county residents keeping a closer watch on our commissioners and better assessing candidates in the future.”EDITORS NOTE; Sean Selby ran an extremely competitive race against Mr. Shoulders in the most recent Countywide election.  Mr. Selby Letter To The Editor was posted without opinion, bias or without editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more