Doing your part — get involved

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 05:38 AM

During its meeting Monday night, the Rutherford County Commission gave County Manager Carl Classen the go-ahead to solicit for applications from members of the community to serve on various county boards and commissions.

It was prompted by an opening on the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission as well as five vacancies on the newly-created Enhanced Recycling Promotion Committee.

According to the new county website, there are over 30 various boards and committees where the public can serve.

There are some of those boards that require a particular skill set for the particular board.

However, there are several that don't have that requirement.

With the new look to the county's website, finding where to apply is simple. Log on to the website ( and click the "Residents" tab which will lead to additional information on the different boards and commissions within the county.

Aside from letting readers know that there are vacancies, we take this opportunity to encourage residents to actively look at how they can serve.

We understand there is a time commitment involved in serving on any boards or committees. We also understand time is precious and it can be difficult to find a few hours each month to serve.

However, helping make Rutherford County a better place to live and work is the responsibility of each resident.

Serving on one of these county boards is a perfect way to become involved in the government process and take the lead in making our county great.

It is very easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize those tasked with making decisions affecting the entire county. There are armchair quarterbacks that suggest they would do it differently or do it better.

Those decision-makers have made mistakes in the past and may make more in the future, but to do nothing but sit idly by, picking a moment to lash out about why a decision is wrong is just lazy.

While that may work for some, becoming involved is the best way to evoke change and make your surroundings better for everyone.

Take the time, explore the options and get involved.

The best way to ensure Rutherford County remains great is if we all take up the reigns.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark