The appointment of Mr. Glen Cummins as Canton city manager is, in my opinion, a short-term solution for a long-term issue.
While I do not question the capability of the new city manager, I find it difficult to believe that out of 50-plus applicants, a candidate with no municipal management experience was selected as the best prospect to bring stability to this city.
The previous council, of which I was a member, was often chastised as being argumentative because most of our disagreements were aired in a public forum at our council meetings.
This council’s incestuous appointment of one of its own smells like a backroom deal. In fact, the whole selection process was flawed from its outset.
One member of the selection committee resigned because he did not like the way it was being conducted. From that so-called search committee only two candidates were brought forward, both without municipal management experience and both with local connections. This whole process has an unpleasant aroma.
In a recent survey, more than 90 percent of respondents thought that the Cummins appointment was not a good idea. While we don’t know how many respondents were Canton residents, we do know that Canton deserves better representation from its elected officials.
This city council is making the last one look good and for that I say thanks.