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