Letter: Vote ‘No’ on Articles 17 and 18
To the editor:
With local elections near at hand, it is time once again for Lyndeborough voters to decide the issue concerning the police department and whether or not to endorse the hiring of yet another police chief or continue with the present arrangement of utilizing an officer in charge (O.I.C.). The argument against continuing the use of an O.I.C. seems to be rooted in the belief that the selectmen, who oversee this position, have been guilty of micro-managing the department. While there is little evidence that the functioning of the department or town safety has been jeopardized in any way, Article #17 on this year’s ballot calls for an expenditure of $ 7,400 to search for yet another police chief and if passed Article #18 would direct the selectmen to take action and appoint another police chief. I say another, because we’ve already dismissed the two previous chiefs for various reasons and eliminated the position by town vote. This might lead one to wonder why a 3rd will be any better than the experienced O.I.C. already on the job.
As for oversight I believe that all departments need some oversight and who better to do this than the selectmen — the very people we elected to administer town affairs. Therefore, I urge a ‘No” vote on Articles 17 and 18.