Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

July 10, 2014

Know law of appointments

Editor:

County Board Chairman Robert White announced that he is nominating Greg Sims to the Rend Lake Conservancy District Board to replace David Stewart. This is just another example of White’s “shoot from the hip” approach of governing that seems to give very little forethought as to the consequences of his actions. If the nomination of Mr. Sims becomes an “appointment” (which takes the agreement of the Franklin County Board Chairman), it could require a lawsuit to correct this breach.

So, why is the appointment of Mr. Sims so egregious? Well, as your readers may know, Jefferson County gets two appointments to the conservancy district board of directors. One, by law, is an “at large appointment” which means that the individual may reside within the City of Mt. Vernon or in the rural area of the district. The other appointee, by law, must reside in a rural area of the county.

Jere Shaw is the “at large” appointee, and his term does not expire until July of 2015. David Stewart represents the rural areas, and his term has just now expired. Consequently, his replacement must reside outside the city limits of Mt. Vernon. According to the most recent voting records, Mr. Sims lives well within the city limits of Mount Vernon. If Mr. Sims does, in fact, live within the city limits of Mt. Vernon, his appointment to the conservancy district board is illegal, but more importantly it leaves the taxpayers of the rural area without representation. We have heard the phrase, “No taxation without representation” before. Have we not? It is a bedrock principle of our nation.

Of course, it is possible that Mr. Sims has moved or is planning on moving in the near future. It is also remotely possible that he might have been advised to use an address on property that he may or may not own in a rural area. If this last possibility is being considered, I advise against it.

Because I find any of the possibilities just mentioned as unlikely, I suggest that Mr. White familiarize himself with the law and properly vet his candidates for appointed positions more carefully. In doing this, he could save embarrassment for himself, as well as his appointees.

Of course, it would also negate the need to expend funds, which we don’t have, defending lawsuits over such issues.

Gary Wallace

Mt. Vernon

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Fear indifference ‘Perhaps the Catholic church would volunteer to pony up some cash for the illegals’ care then? Hmm?”“Pope should stay out of it. Matter of civil laws, not church laws.”“Thinking that the pope should want the illegals to go to Argentina to get better

    July 25, 2014

  • A push for felon voting rights If advocates have their way, voting rights could be a new reality for the nation’s incarcerated.Full voting rights for felons is as hot a topic in Washington as voting rights in reverse pushed by voter-ID-tickled Republicans. But with new legislation

    July 25, 2014

  • Big insurers need better oversight Could Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. threaten the stability of the financial system? The U.S.’s top regulators are asking themselves this question as they consider whether Berkshire and other large insurers should come under Federal Reserve

    July 25, 2014

  • Questions for Obamacare after the ruling Tuesday, I outlined what we knew about Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which a federal appellate court ruled that subsidies for purchasing insurance under Obamacare can only be made available on marketplaces established by states. Now I propose to out

    July 24, 2014

  • Pensions not the problem I see in last night’s Register-News paper that James Rippy has attempted to enlighten us on pensions in Illinois. I also notice he has written so often he no longer has the title “guest columnist.” It is obvious he has the time and energy to work on

    July 24, 2014

  • Impasse threatens border solution After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.In the House, positions are hardening over what to do about the tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied young im

    July 24, 2014

  • Take a lesson from Texas I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafes, particularly when I’m on vacation.It’s a chance to step beyond the homogenized national chains and experience a bit of local flavor.And being a reporter, I like to chat up local folks to find out a bit a

    July 23, 2014

  • The future reality of terrorist drones A very small airplane rose over the Gaza Strip last week. It entered Israeli airspace and sped toward the coastal city of Ashdod. Then a Patriot missile blew it up.The plane, a rudimentary drone launched by the terrorist group Hamas, posed little thr

    July 23, 2014

  • We are headed to a jobless future In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future.He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history

    July 23, 2014

  • Pensions need to be addressed I will have to admit that I am slightly overwhelmed today with the receipt of articles and suggestions for a column. One of my Fitness Mafia colleagues constantly tells me the columns are too long and trying to address different subjects just dilutes

    July 22, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks