New gatekeeper will only add a gate


Trumbull County commissioners should seriously consider the observation of Trumbull County’s director of human resources, Richard Jackson. Near the end of the August 2017 meeting between the county commissioners and the Citizen Budget Review Committee, Mr. Jackson suggested one thing that needs to change is the county’s culture — an astute observation from an apparently qualified insider.

Specifics were not offered by Mr. Jackson, nor were any follow-up questions asked. It is my interpretation that the culture Mr. Jackson referenced, in the broadest terms, is defined in the words offered by E.B. Taylor, “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.”

The commissioners should quietly investigate — then act — on their colleague’s observations before adding to the payroll. Improving a culture is not easy, but the benefits can be substantial. In the meantime, three administrators of at least average intelligence who are willing to ignore personal agendas can make good decisions in the best interest of Trumbull County. Adding a gatekeeper will do little more than add a gate.