110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Aug 10, 2012 - 10:36:33am
Editor, The Beacon:
As a business owner or manager, I have recruited and hired many employees. The foundation of that process is to have a clear picture of the requirements, responsibilities and duties of the position, then try to find and/or determine who is the best “fit” for the job.
I believe the Volusia County chair needs to have the desire and ability to bring people together to accomplish common goals. Someone who can work harmoniously with others and who can represent our county in dealings with other levels of government, in matters of economic development and with the media — with knowledge, dignity and professionalism.
Someone who understands that nothing good (in business, organizations and government) gets accomplished without cooperation, forming partnerships and establishing amicable and productive relationships. It’s also a plus if the person is likable and respected.
The chair must also be someone who embraces and embodies the concept of “we” and “us” rather than “I” and “me.” The title of the position is not “boss” or “king”; it is “chair.”
It’s also important that the candidate (for a job or elected office) have a proven history of possessing the personality, demeanor and skills necessary to do the job. In other words, what have they done, how have they done it, and how does that mirror what lies ahead?
I believe there is only one candidate in the race for Volusia County chair who is a good fit for the job. Fortunately for us, he is not just a better fit than the other two choices — he is a great fit. That person is Carl Persis.
Carl Persis is everything I listed above. Carl Persis was a great fit and success in education, as a teacher and principal. Carl Persis was also a great fit and success in government, as a city commissioner, mayor and County Council member. All of these are environments that require the same personality, demeanor and skills as chair of our county.
I have known Carl Persis personally for 10 years. I have a good sense of his two opponents by having attended several local 2012 election candidate forums and debates, and by constantly following local politics closely in the news.
Some of our local primary races feature crowded fields, and a few of those include several closely qualified candidates. In the three-person race for Volusia County chair, however, I believe our choice is crystal clear — and that choice is Carl Persis.
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