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Give Viau the opportunity to prove self

December 21, 2009
Daily Press

For some reason there is a division on the Delta County Commission over the hiring of a county administrator. On Thursday, by a 3-2 vote, the board is considering the hiring of Nora Viau.

Viau is the current interim county administrator as well as the assistant administrator/procurement officer. Our question is what is the problem with offering the job to Viau?

It appears as though Commissioners David Rivard and Les Ruohomaki, don't think she is qualified enough. Ruohomaki claims in so many words she does not have enough administrative background. Rivard feels Viau cannot take the county to the next level.

We have trouble seeing these reasons in Viau and are hoping there is not more to it such as the possibility she is a female or is there someone else out there who these two want to hire?

The reason we state this is because during the meeting Thursday, Commissioner Darrel Bengry went so far as to seek a second legal opinion concerning the selection process and to make sure there was no violation of anti-discrimination laws in the questions asked of the candidates.

As for another reason, Viau scored an 80 percent during the interview with the closest candidate scoring a 67 percent. This was after the field was narrowed from 10 to three and Viau made that cut. Sounds like Viau is the type of person they are looking to hire.

We look at Viau's qualifications and are impressed with her credentials which are as follows:

Viau always has been there to step in when the position has been open and there have been no problems. What is wrong with making the offer? As for moving the county upward, give her the direction to do that. If she can't then deal with it then.

She at least deserves the chance to prove herself in the top position.



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