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Orschell does right thing by not voting on jail changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey L. Hughes   
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:57 PM

There are very few times in our average daily lives that we have the opportunity to show true character.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the commissioners meeting my fellow commissioner, Tom Orschell, was tested. He rose to the occasion, showing real character. During the commissioner meeting when the agenda item “JAIL EXPANSION” came up,

Tom announced he would not continue to vote on the jail expansion project.

He explained he did not think it was proper to vote on a project of such magnitude, because he felt it would not be just or appropriate to commit the incoming commissioners to a contract and a project they may neither want nor find necessary.

In this gracious act of statesmanship, Tom put aside his personal views in a show of respect for the newly elected county commissioners and the people that elected them.

Although Tom has made his announcement, I know he will be subjected to tremendous lobbying pressure by the county officials who want this project and by the firms which will make large sums of money from this project.

In my humble opinion, Tom’s action was a genuine act of statesmanship far too uncommon in local government. It gives us reasons to admire his stance.

If I may ask, please the next time you see Tom pat him on the back and tell him, Tom you did a good thing my friend. I know I did.

Dearborn County Commissioner
District One
Jeffrey L. Hughes