Re: “Change charter, hire an expert” (letter, 7-13).
I agree with the writer that the position of Pierce County assessor-treasurer requires a person with technical professional credentials, not a politician who has term-limited out of another position who is running for the position on the basis of very little other than name recognition.
Consequently, I also agree that it might be desirable to amend the County Charter to allow the Pierce County executive to hire qualified individuals to fill this position.
However, unless and until the charter is changed, voters will continue to have the opportunity and responsibility of electing the best candidates for this position. The good news is that it should be very easy for voters to ascertain which of the five candidates running for assessor-treasurer in the Aug. 7 primary would be the best choice.
Billie O’Brien – who has served as appraiser, supervisor and manager over the last 21 years in that office, and has the support of most of her fellow employees – undoubtedly has by far the best qualifications and most experience for the position. Also, because of her first-hand knowledge of all facets of assessor-treasurer operations, she would be ready to take over all management duties on her first day in office.