Today, Monday, February 27th at 3 P.M. members of the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission met with a significant item on their agenda. That task was to fill the vacant seat that Tom Daniel’s death created in 2016. Mr. Daniel had served on the Commission for as much as 15 years.
Three candidates vied for the position by submitting applications along with their Curricula Vitae (CVs) and offering their voluntary service. The candidates were: Robert Raines, owner of The Gangster Museum of America; Michael Pettey, owner of The Ohio Club; Tom Wilkins, owner of The Five-Star Dinner Theatre. See below for the submitted information:
Additionally, two city residents spoke on behalf of Mr. Wilkins, who was the only candidate in attendance. He was also the only candidate who submitted more that just the two-page nomination application.
We often hear that “the good ol’ boy network is alive and well in Hot Springs”. Is it? We question if candidates are selected based on their qualifications, how well they are liked, how much property they own, etc. We also question if there are term limits for service.
Once the Commission takes their vote for a candidate, they must present the recommendation to the Hot Springs Board of Directors for confirmation.
Is it time to offer an opportunity for others to serve? Is it time to select persons based on their qualifications and the contributions that their experience could make? Is it time to “interrupt the cycle” of the same ol’-same ol’ in this city?