Editorial - Tougher policy needed
Just weeks after Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades drew some criticism for hiiring his son-in-law as a deputy sheriff, county officials have discovered that their payroll also includes the sister and brother-in-law of Alan J. Davis, the county personnel director. It's time for the county board to draft a tougher anti-nepotism policy.
There is no such policy in force at the sheriff's department, which operates somewhat independently of county government because the sheriff is elected rather than appoinbted by the county board.
But the commissioners did adopt such a policy for their own work force in 1988, a policy that "stricly prohibits" county supervisors from interfering in the hiring process in a way that would favor the employment of their relatives.