Turns out, Knightdale Town Council members aren’t going to keep the identities of the finalists for the town manager job secret from everyone. They will discuss the matter with “some prominent citizens.”
So, just who are those prominent citizens. Well, the council doesn’t seem interested in saying who those folks are.
So the question must surely arise among residents of Knightdale: “Am I prominent enough to be asked for my opinion?” And, “If not, why not?”
We suspect the only “prominent citizens who will get to weigh in on the candidates will be those people who already have the ear of council members and the mayor and who can get easier access to their elected officials than most “average” citizens.
So, if it turns out you are just average, well, we’re sorry. We assume this means council members don’t think you have the gravitas it takes to help make a really important decision.
Actually, the whole idea of admitting some people behind closed doors while excluding others reeks of arrogance and pomposity. We must wonder why council members believe “prominent citizens” have more to offer in this process than anyone else.
Could it be they think “prominent citizens” are more invested in Knightdale than other taxpayers? Could it be that council members believe “prominent citizens” know better than other taxpayers? Could it be that council members simply want to make sure their most ardent supporters approve of their decisions before they make them and that the opinions of other taxpayers really don’t matter anyway?
We honestly cannot think of any legitimate reasons why the council thinks it’s OK to pull back the curtain on this process for some and not others.
We hope council members will take a long, hard look at their process and ask themselves how their plans measure up to the ethical standards taxpayers “prominent and otherwise” expect them to uphold.