By any measure, the actions of the leadership of Cobb County government last week was extraordinary, and not in a good way. There was the Chairman’s flip flopping on the issue of a referendum for the funding of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and passing the buck to the County Manager as to who was responsible for comments made in a federal grant; the spin by the Chairman’s chief deputy who argued that the Board of Commissioners by their silence in a past meeting on a presentation that included the BRT had consented to the project as being the local preferred alternative for mass transit; and the growing lack of trust in the Chairman as a result of his actions of rewriting the approved Board’s agenda for the June 23d meeting without the knowledge of all members of the Board.
All this muddying the water by the Chairman and his deputy reminds me of the lines from a movie about Admiral Hyman Rickover when he spoke about responsibility.
“Responsibility is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it but it is still with you. You may disclaim it but can never divest yourself of it. “
I am a candidate for Cobb County Chairman because I believe the County needs new leadership and a new direction. As your Chairman, I shall be responsible for what goes on in your County government and I am committed to leading an honest and transparent government.
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