Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop has now admitted that I am right.
Oh - he's not actually saying, "Maggie Thurber is correct." That would be a sort of blasphemy, I'm sure.
But in today's paper where he admits his effort to change the county form of government is going to fail (just like so many of his other 'bold, fresh ideas'), he acknowledges that the problem isn't the form of government - but the people in office.
Here's what I first said about The Blade's push to change Lucas County to a county council form of government:
It's important to remember that a change in government does NOT equate to a change in behavior. In fact, as we can see from Toledo's change from a city manager to a strong mayor form of government, we've gotten pretty much the same types of decisions we'd previously gotten and Toledo is STILL heading downhill in terms of population, job growth, etc... while heading up in terms of government costs, spending, taxation and fees.
So we have clear evidence that a change in government structure does NOT mean we'll get a change in the philosophy of those being elected to govern.
The major problem with county government is not the form or the structure - it's the people we elect and the policies they promote. I cannot emphasize enough: those two things are not going to change if we change the structure.
And I've said this numerous times on my blog, on the radio when I was hosting WSPD's Eye On Toledo, and as an elected official.
Here's what the news article today attributes to Konop:
Mr. Konop said there is no guarantee that a county executive/county council form of government would improve Lucas County's economy. He said, rather, such a government would make it more possible for good elected leaders to make necessary changes.
"It allows the community to have a chance to change these things, if we elect the right people," Mr. Konop said. (emphasis added)
Now, I certainly don't expect Konop to publicly admit that I've been correct all along - that would be 'hoping' for too much 'change' in behavior. But I am glad that he has seen the wisdom of my position, though it's disappointing that it happened with only six months left in his term.