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September 22, 2018

Appointment of County Treasurer


To the Editor:
I wish to ask all Oswego County residents to imagine this scenario: You have just boarded a 757 jet airliner to make a travel trip by air, and the flight attendant announces over the intercom that your pilot for the flight will be Captain Fred Beardsley. The flight attendant tells you that Mr. Beardsley will be in charge of the controls of the massive jet airliner you will be flying in, and even though Mr. Beardsley does not possess a pilot license or flight school diploma, he has several years of experience as an unlicensed co-pilot.

Ask yourself, would this announcement give you and the other passengers the same uneasy feeling it does me?

Now consider this next scenario. You have just learned through the media, thanks mostly to the communicative efforts of Legislator Mr. Doug Malone, that the Oswego County Legislature as a whole has voted and appointed Mr. Fred Beardsley to fill the vacancy of Oswego County Treasurer.

Mr. Beardsley will now be in charge of the controls of a yearly multi-million dollar Oswego County budget, and even though Mr. Beardsley does not possess a high school diploma or other formal education degree or certificate, he has several years of experience working for Oswego County. Ask yourself, does this announcement give you and the other residents of Oswego County the same uneasy feeling it does me?

The Oswego County Department of Personnel recently advertised a job opening for a clerk in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Qualifications needed by an applicant to be considered for this clerk’s position are “30 college or business school credit hours or a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma and one year of clerical experience.”

The Oswego County Legislature is telling us they feel comfortable with appointing someone without a high school diploma to handle the duties of County Treasurer, but if you want a job as a clerk, you better have at least 30 college credit hours under your belt or you won’t be considered.

Ask yourself, does this give you the same uneasy feeling it does me?
D. Munger

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