New DH calendar
Article posted: 9/15/2013 5:00 AM

New county service standards are a model

  • Article
text size: AAA

The Lake County Board has announced a new plan establishing standards of conduct for commission and board appointees.

Approximately 300 appointments are made in numerous units of Lake County government by the board to citizens stepping up to fill these community service positions for little or no compensation. The Lake County Board is giving due respect to these positions while holding appointees accountable. Not all municipalities give the same considerations. Selection of appointees should be taken seriously, as should showing gratitude for their service. These are special positions that should be filled by those with no ulterior motives, just a pride in making their community a better place to live.

Advertisement

Consideration of their service is just as important. When making changes the leaders have a duty to evaluate and take other's opinions as to the input the seated appointees have made in the past. Change just for the sake of change, vindictive or personal reasons is disruptive at the least.

The people in place have what is an important attribute, experience. When one does a good job, commend them by advising them of their continuing position and reappointment. If they are vacating the seat, have the courtesy to notify them of their imposing replacement if that is the case, and give proper public recognition for their service.

The Board stated they are requiring the following standards of conduct and are asking for a certificate of acknowledgment of these standards to be signed: accountability, fiscal responsibility, transparency, efficiency and ethics.

The Lake County Board, which approved the standards this week, should be applauded for taking these measures. Municipalities across Lake County and the state would be wise to set similar examples in place.

Monica Knigge

Wauconda

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Latest Video

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.