This morning ther was a bit of a scramble at the Hall of Administration. Fifth floor staff (BOS) were surprised with a morning email announcement from Chairman John Moorlach. He informed his colleagues that he was granting a request from Sandra Hutchens for a private swearing in ceremony today, supposedly so she could get to work on her new job right away.
Pardon my skepticism, but what’s the rush here? One would think that you would want your spouse to be available to attend your swearing in. One might also want to ensure the presence of the people responsible for your appointment, in the case the Board of Supervisors.
Nope. This end of what was supposed to be a transparent, honest, and non-political selection process for a new Sheriff was anything but transparent.
There was no official notice to the public or media. The event was so hastily put together, that only Supervisor Moorlach was available from the Board to attend.
Note to the new Sheriff; If you wanted to enter office with the appearance of a transparency and open administration, it was probably mot the best idea to start off with a secret swearing in ceremony. In general, people don’t walk away with good feelings about this type of thing. Peggy Lowe over at OCRegister.com has more on the story HERE.