It was disappointing to read that Worthington City Council in itscriteria for appointment to the seat left vacant by ex-councilma Faust has included the nonenforceable requirement that individuals who apply for appointment also express the intention to run in 2011.

To the editor:

It was disappointing to read that Worthington City Council in itscriteria for appointment to the seat left vacant by ex-councilma Faust has included the nonenforceable requirement that individuals who apply for appointment also express the intention to run in 2011.

I regard this to be poor public policy, for whomever council chooses after screening becomes (by implication) council's "endorsed" candidate.

The question then becomes: should a public body endorse candidates even if indirectly? At this juncture the matter becomes, in my view, even more important for Worthington because of the potential (which I hope does not materialize) for a second opening later this year.

Should the same selection criteria apply, council will have(for all practical purposes) set the stage where (potentially) all candidates for 2011 will be incumbents. I believe that since the field will not be level, the people will have been left out of the decision.

There are enough individuals in this community active in civic and governmental affairs who might be appointed as effective"caretakers." This in my view would be the best policy. In 2011 it would allow the community to choose the members of council without a "prescreening" by council itself. In any case, I would urge council to present its "candidates" for the position to the public before making the current and/or any subsequent appointment that might arise.


Abramo Ottolenghi
Worthington