- Move accountability
- More transparency
- Maximized effectiveness
- Improved administration and planning
- Qualifications based on experience, knowledge and abilities – not on electability as determined by political parties
- Elimination of competing agendas – fosters common goals
- Absentee superintendents who sometimes do not show up at the highway garage or may be there on a part-time basis while being paid for full-time.
- Lack of proper training, abilities and experience to properly administer and manage the department.
- The autonomy that is often displayed that is detrimental to cooperation between the town board and superintendent.
- Lack of accountability and transparency of superintendents who often hide behind the belief by most taxpayers that the superintendent answers to the town board.
- Problems often go unresolved because a taxpayer’s only recourse for resolution is with the person (superintendent) who is part of the problem.
- The fact that villages, cities, counties and the state all operate with appointed officials.
- That often there is no choice for voters since incumbents often run unopposed.
- Many times elected superintendents act “unprofessional” because they believe they are untouchable due to their elected status.
- The fact that the public has limited knowledge on which to judge their highway superintendents, which usually boil down to: are my roads plowed, potholes filled, roads paved and swept when necessary? As you know there are many, many aspects to the job that the public has no knowledge of and thus cast an uninformed vote.
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