The names came out for the Will Rogers replacement and there are some interesting possibilities on the list. An ALJ and a consumer rights attorney immediately stuck out from the crowd. There are 28 applicants in total.
The big problem though is that we’re only going to be hearing details on a select few. That’s because the chosen application process sets a maximum of eight individuals to “proceed” to the actual interview.
That’s the top number, and it may be a lot fewer than eight. The eight figure is derived from the how the council members are only allowed to each pick two finalists immediately after those mass three-minute introductions. If they all choose the same two people — or anything close to that– there may only be as few as three or four interviewees. Even two!
That’s not a fair introduction to anyone but the most popular or well-known applicants, and it’s not informative to the public. What if there are some jewels there among the lesser lights? (Is that a mixed metaphor?)
It’s mickey mouse to not allow each applicant the opportunity for an exploratory interview, if not suspiciously expedient. Sure it’s a hassle to talk to everyone, but that’s how this winnowing down comes off.
Let’s hear from all of the applicants in depth. With the election realignment coming up, this “temporary” position could last for years.