Should Naperville be concerned about getting people to volunteer for boards or commissions or frankly anything? A month ago, I would have said ‘probably not’, but now I’m not so sure, considering the recent fiasco of filling two volunteer positions, one for the library board, the other for the SECA commission. The problem most likely wouldn’t be quantity of candidates, but the quality of future candidates.
Naperville has nine council members. With a population of over 144,000 residents, does anyone really think the nine we have are the best we can do? I seriously doubt it, and I think the majority of the nine would agree. However, they are the best of those marketing themselves, who chose to run for office.
Councilwoman Theresa Sullivan said the process for selecting nominees to fill the open ‘positions’ typically is an efficient process, but this turned into a circus. Councilman Paul Leong didn’t agree with the ‘circus’ description, however he said it best, when he said he’s concerned about how this will impact future people from volunteering. He went on to say, “Votes are cast. We live with the consequences.”
That’s how democracy works.