Why It’s OK to Vote NO

Gordon F. Kingsley–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“…the Special Act will commit Wellesley to this new and questionable form of government forever. There will be no going back. No competent military commander would embark on a campaign from which there is no avenue of retreat. Why should we?”

If the motion passes, the selectmen will hire a headhunter to search for the nonexistent mister perfect town manager. An ad hoc committee of citizens will be appointed to help the selectmen decide. The headhunter will recommend several candidates, one of whom will be offered the job. This will be a group decision in which each member of the group will assume that some competent person has done the due diligence on the candidate. What if nobody does?

Who among the decision makers will do the due diligence on the new town manager? This is not a responsibility that can be entrusted to the head hunter or to the HR department. What if they hire the wrong guy? Then what? Who among the decision makers will have the courage to stand up and admit that they made a mistake? More to the point, how will they get rid of him? They will have given him a long-term contract and a big salary and set the stage for an expensive termination. Why create this potential problem?

If this measure passes, the important citizen initiatives and participation that have been central to our successful town government will be lost. More worrisome, the Special Act will commit Wellesley to this new and questionable form of government forever. There will be no going back. No competent military commander would embark on a campaign from which there is no avenue of retreat. Why should we?

If you vote No, nothing will be lost. Please think about this and please join me in voting No. Thank you.

Gordon F. Kingsley, Washington Street