Editor, the Advocate:
County Commissioner Kevin Janak and County Judge Ben Zeller were clearly on the defensive at the beginning of the commissioners’ meeting July 15.
They became more so during the second hour when they were asked pointed questions about the handling of funds designated to repair airport facilities. Their explanations were simply repeats of well-known facts that revealed nothing and only served to further obfuscate murky timelines and accountability issues.
I believe they are both honest guys but they should have allowed the airport staff, airport manager and airport commissioners to do their jobs at the airport, instead of intruding and micromanaging a process for which they are unqualified.
Commissioner Janak has a well-earned reputation with management at Citizens Medical Center of arbitrarily violating chain of command by directly contacting management and staff when he observes a problem in facility maintenance. Leaking faucets and messy public restrooms certainly need to be corrected, and the staff welcomes constructive criticism but they don’t deserve to be harshly reprimanded by a county commissioner who has no operational authority. Misuse of his position to castigate and demoralize staff is inappropriate on many levels and reveals a lack of judgment and character.
I believe this is part of the problem at the airport. County commissioners should offer oversight, support and constructive criticism, but let the airport staff do their jobs.
Rick Collie, Victoria