Viewpoint: Americus, Sumter County Does it Right

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   To clearly illustrate how the dysfunctional Dougherty County School Board should operate, you need only look to our Northern neighbors in Americus / Sumter County.

They too are searching for a school superintendent, but  conducting the search, in a proper fashion, open to the public.

After receiving applications from all interested candidates, they have invited the three finalists to Americus, for a second interview and public meetings.

If two of the finalist names sound familiar: Brooks and Lee, they also applied in Dougherty County, but saw the fix was in, and there was no need to pursue the opportunity in Albany.

This is a no-brainer, if you are working for the people, who elected you. Of course you would want the public invited to be part of this process, asking questions, then giving your advice to your board, on who they think should take on one of the most important positions in the County, and the most important position in the School System.

But not in Albany's case, if you are forcing through a friend, supporter, and business associate, someone who just follows the will of the board.

Have you even had a chance to meet and ask the one candidate forced on Dougherty County? Not a chance, the board knows you would discover he is inexperienced and unqualified.

The Sumter County process should have taken place here… but it will not, due to the improper actions of board members; Bush, Riggins, Griffin, and Williams-Brown.

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