Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Planning candidates to be questioned in private

The five candidates for two open spots on the Springfield Planning Commission will be interviewed individually behind closed doors as part of the appointment process.    


  1. George T McNaughton3/15/17, 5:32 PM

    Careful attention has to be paid to all of the appointments, including whether appointments should be renewed when they come up for renewal

  2. so meaning behind close doors,they have already picked the one they want,but still have to go thru the process ?

    1. George T McNaughton3/16/17, 12:43 PM

      Not necessarily, if they knew who they wanted they could have just picked them right then and there. This is basically unprecedented where you have multiple people all of whom are qualified. I think they are more concerned about the idea, if they ask questions in open session they will either be softball questions or they will create a situation where a lot of people will decide not to apply rather than go through a public grilling. You would be surprised as to the number of well qualified people who would not apply if they know that they are going to be questioned publicly as to their qualifications. Its very hard to get people to actually apply, and we don't want to make the process such that it scares people off. Being asked questions about your qualifications and positions in a public session isn't like commenting anonymously on a blog site.


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