How is that our local leaders are feuding over SPLOST funding AGAIN and WHY have they been unable to come together for 3 years plus to agree on a service delivery strategy (SDS) to go after our State and Federal dollars?
I recently read an article on the “7 Signs Your Government is Dysfunctional”. Below, I have slightly paraphrased the anchor, Paul Wolf,on his article that I feel (unfortunately) applies to the Rabun County governments.
- Ivory Tower Effect. When decisions are made in a vacuum and believing “I know best”.
- Warring Factions. When feuds are commonplace and accepted as just the way government works. Warring factions are dysfunctional, divisive and fosters rivalry instead of cooperation.
- Strategy du Jour. When there is overreaction to a single idea or data point.
- Analysis Paralysis. When elected officials, especially from warring factions, chronically debate issues to death, going down one rat hole or knock-down, drag-out fight after another without making decisions because there’s no clear leadership to drive consensus.
- Walk on Water Behavior. When leaders hoist certain groups up on pedestals while denigrating others.
- Silo Mentality. When government entities act like they’re independent from the rest, usually in a defensive “it’s us against them” sort of way when fighting for resources. Often the result of being denigrated by dysfunctional and divisive selected officials.
- Sacred Cow. A pet project that is immune to criticism and the government’s standard processes.
Rather than writing an accusatorial letter, I would prefer writing a thank-you to the heroes who step forward to provide clear leadership and drive consensus on our County’s big controversial issues. I know that heroes are out there. Heroes, please step forward.
— Judith Cox, Rabun Gap