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Monday, May 24, 2010

Political Operatives Continue Power Grab For Coroner's Office

Nothing has changed policy-wise since the last time the Rock County Board convened to abolish the elective coroner's office and faced heavy public opposition.

However, it appears ever more obvious that the anti-ballot-box establishment bureaucrats may have gained another authoritarian or two on the board since the April Election and are willing to test the political winds right away. Of course, they are the ones insisting "politics" have nothing to do with it. Baloney! On the county board agenda for Thursday is yet another attempt to wrest the coroner's office away from the voters.
MAY 27, 2010 - 6 PM
County Board Room/ Courtroom H
Fourth Floor Court House East
Agenda Item 12 F. Abolish Coroner's Office
It is worth mentioning here again that the resolution to abolish the coroner's office failed last month in the Public Safety and Justice Committee, so the matter to press on begins to look more and more like a personal vendetta against the current coroner and county residents (democratic electorate).

But nothing says, "We, the government (versus the people) want more power" than lines 13 and 14 from the county resolution, it reads...
Excerpt (Page 32)
Whereas, adopting a medical examiner system, would allow the County Board more flexibility to determine the structure and staffing of the office.
At a time when more and more citizens feel the sense of a unresponsive and unaccountable government with too much power held captive by appointed bureaucrats, insider interests and political hacks, certain members of the Rock County Board appear willing to make matters even worse. If they decide to steal the power from the people, we will definitely be going in the wrong direction.

Related reading:

April 6 - Political Operatives Initiate Power Grab For Coroner's Office.

April 8 - Democracy Under Siege In Rock County.

April 9 - Elected Coroner Stays, Beloit Daily News.

April 11 - County Coroner Right To Defend Honor And Office.


Anonymous said...

If I was on the board I would be embarrassed. It is time for this to go to a referendum. Let the adults decide. Changing to an ME will get you one thing, no accountability. If the county had it's way every elected office would get wiped out. No more open records, every one a hand picked crony. More bureaucrats to fall under the control of the "non-partisan" county board. They look as non-partisan as a GOP convention.

Richard Costerisan said...

One more attempt by some republican board members to circumvent an election they know they can't win. This is politics at its worst. Show up and tell them that Americans won't stand for a bunch of cronies trying to steal their right to vote!

Anonymous said...

It's time for the board to respect the office and stop looking as if voters are stupid. If they think everyone wants to change to a appointed office, this should go to referendum and let the people decide.

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that the Gazette hasn't covered this at all. Nice "watchdog". I guess that means this is already over and teh thugs will get their way.

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