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Our View: Evaluation of committees is necessary

As with any job or task, effectiveness is of utmost importance. Whether you are being paid, in an appointed position or volunteering, the key is showing up and fulfilling the duties outlined.

In a recent fiscal court discussion, the effectiveness of the county’s committees — namely the insurance committee — has been questioned.

In last week’s meeting, the magistrates mulled the decision not only to dissolve the insurance committee, but three others — road department, animal shelter and fire department. The proposal came after the insurance committee failed twice to recommend a local agent of record.

The first time a recommendation could not be made because not enough members were present for a quorum. The second time the committee could not agree on a recommendation between two firms. Judge-Executive Henry Branham’s office will now make the decision.

The committee and its members failed to be effective. They failed to complete one of their primary duties, justifiably raising questions about whether having the committee is useful at all.

We can’t speak on the effectiveness of any other local committees, but this particular case raises questions among the court, and thus the people they represent.

Branham went as far as to state, “I don’t think any of our committees function properly.”

While a recent motion to dissolve the previously mentioned committees failed for lack of a second, it’s time the court fully evaluated each committee’s effectiveness, its members, its financial state and more.

Any committee or member who fails to be effective, whether by lack of attendance or failure to fulfill the duties should be dissolved or replaced.

In local government, especially, there’s no room for wasted time.