To the Journal Editor:
At the Aug. 18 Marquette County Board meeting, Chairperson Corkin added a late addition to the agenda for that night. I do not know what his intent was, but he sets the agenda for the meetings, and I found it aggravating to say the least that his late agenda item was concerning the county retire/rehire program. This meeting was not televised by Charter so it deprived citizens of seeing or hearing judges Solka and Anderegg, Sheriff Lovelace, as well as the administrator and human resource director's reasoning for continued use of retired employees when everyone thought the program ended in February. Nor did it allow for all county board members' comments to be heard.
Chairperson Corkin and/or staff made arrangements - between the posting of the agenda on Friday to the meeting on Wednesday - of gathering the three elected officials who spoke, along with approximately a dozen or so (mostly retired/rehired) employees, to be at the meeting. In my opinion, this was to blindside commissioners Pellow, Cihak, Heikkila and Bergdahl, who have opposed the retire/rehire program. These commissioners did not even receive the courtesy of a phone call or e-mail of advance notice of this agenda item.
While Chairperson Corkin may have blindsided the commissioners, he also in my opinion did not help the elected officials that showed up to give their reasoning for wanting to continue the use of retired employees.
If it had not been for Mr. John Pepin of The Mining Journal being at the meeting and reporting the information, the only other permanent recording was the tapes of the county clerk. I made arrangements to listen to those tapes, which were very difficult to understand, to say the least.
This action by Chairperson Corkin is yet another example of how politics is played out in Marquette County and how we lack for a transparent government. It also gives politicians a bad name, in my opinion, which is very unfortunate; these individuals should be trusted leaders and above reproach.
It's time for a change; it is time for openness and transparency in our government.
Michael P. Quayle