The recent actions of County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore may be technically legal, but their hiring of Don Benton is clearly unethical. Their performance demonstrates just how far these two are willing to go to pursue their personal agenda — at the expense of our community's integrity and reputation.
When their fiduciary responsibility calls for them to look to hiring the individual most qualified to carry out the intent of the job, they opt for someone whose fitness for the post is marginal, at best. They have blatantly hired a crony who will do their bidding.
Their behavior has insulted the people of this community, just when we seem to be on the verge of being the civilized and forward-thinking place we want to be.
We, our children and grandchildren depend on our county staff to work to keep our environment safe and beautiful, an undertaking that requires knowledge and dedication to the office.
We are the ones who have to bear the results of the commissioners' dishonorable conduct.