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Opinion: Creve Coeur Council Needs Business Experience

Creve Coeur citizen calls for business persons to run for Council seat openings in April Election

Council is currently composed of three attorneys, three medical professionals, a medical spokesperson and a community activist. The Council would make an almost perfect team for a medical malpractice law firm.

The city government is more closely akin to a private utility providing services to the citizens as a monopoly.

We would hope that four experienced business persons out of the twelve thousand or so registered voters would file their candidacy and provide competition for the expected candidacy of the two medical and two legal incumbents.

We understand the council person pay is poor, the hours long, and the criticism high but all of us have a responsibility to serve the community.

So, as the old British Navy recruiters use to say, "Will you stand up, take the Queen's Shilling (And that's about all it pays) and don the mark of a man!"?

This citizen believes some business experience on the Council would add to better and more balanced decision making.

You will have to hurry as the filing date closes January 17th, 2012

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flyoverland January 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Government wonks always say, "you can't run government like a business." They certainly prove that every day.
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ms. Tidwell: While you cannot vote, you can do the following: You can write the mayor/Council for the record with your concerns requests. You can make your interests known at city Council by speaking up in the public comments segment that is open each council meeting. You can enlist the Creve Coeur/Olivette Chamber of Commerce help. You can take your concerns directly to the Staff Director in the city which is responsible. And you can post your opinions on CC Patch and also forward them to David Caldwell at Crevecoeurvoter.com. He is also a small business owner in the City. Regards, RWK
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
A further analysis of the 56 signers indicated that about 48% were lawyers, 40% merchants and farmers, 10% Doctors and Benjamin Franklin.and a Musician. Therefore, without making any other comparisons between the Creve Coeur Council and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence it would mean about 4 lawyers, 3 business men and one doctor. We can live with that.
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
You certainly can try. Take a look at Westin, Florida An approximation of a well run utility company will do just fine.
flyoverland January 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Maybe we should recruit someone from there.

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