Let’s evaluate how each commissioner is doing so far in their time on the Board. We will rate each commissioner on their abilities in five different criteria. The rating will be on a 3 point scale.
3 = Excellent | 2 = Very Good | 1 = Satisfactory | 0 = Not Good at all
Here are the criteria:
Reasonable/Rational. Does the Commissioner act in a manner that shows rational thought patterns, and does the Commissioner consider proposals is a reasonable manner?
Effectiveness. Does the Commissioner get things done? Do they move the Board toward accomplishment?
Political Perspective. Is the Commissioner focused on the local needs of the County? Do they avoid playing idealistic political games, and do they concentrate efforts on accomplishing county business?
Communication. How well does the Commissioner communicate with members of the public and with fellow Board members? Do they articulate their mission/vision for the County?
Entertainment. How crazy are they? Do they provide comedic content for the ARRRG blog?
Okay. Here we go.
District 6 Commissioner – Brenda Ricksgers
REASONABLE / RATIONAL
She has about as much common sense as any of our grandmothers. Which, of course, means she has a LOT of common sense. Yo, my grandma was really smart and very sensible. If you disagree, I will fight you. I mean it. Don’t talk about my grandma.
Ricksgers tries. But, there is only so much that she can do. She is very active on her committee assignments, and engages with citizens at events and online. The majority of commissioners are on a speeding train to Wacko Land and people like Brenda need to be there to put a stop to it. So far, stopping that train has not happened very often.
Ricksgers is a conservative Republican. That does not show up often in meetings and public events, because she stays focused on local issues and challenges. She does not seem to let silly talking points affect her decision making.
She tends to get tamped down a lot when she confronts some of her loud-mouthed colleagues. The Chairperson lets her get interrupted and sometimes her valid points get lost. She interacts with the public well, and states her positions.
Brenda is wonderfully boring. She does not participate in the nonsense political games on the Board and does not show off for the crowd. Thank God for that. We have enough of that going on.
OVERALL RATING – TEN