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To the victor, go the spoils, a high ranking republican told me, concerning the recent appointment of Lynn Hesselbrock to the county clerk’s position. Qualifications? My understanding is Hesselbrock’s experience is based in nursing. Granted she did run for the seat and barely lost, but with a presidential election coming up and taking an office over, that has exhausted its budget.
I must ask the question, what was Bill Karrer thinking? Another back room secret deal? On the job training?
Was Hesselbrock’s appointment a political payback for her role as republican county chairperson? Did Karrer settle up a political favor, owed to Hesselbrock for his recent campaign? Did all the monetary contributions paid out [in the community] by Hesselbrock’s husband play into this decision? Was it simply that Hesselbrock is a republican?
I understand that the people spoke in the last election and voted for [retired County Clerk Judy] Puckett, but the dynamics have totally changed. Just because a person secured the runner-up position, in an election, doesn’t entitle her to the job in the future. The position could go to the deputy clerk or a senior clerk who has experience.
However, if Karrer wanted a new set of eyes watching the office, maybe hiring a private accountant or business administrator would be an option until the election was concluded.
The first hour of the first day for Hesselbrock involved firing Deputy Clerk Abbigail Nation. Incompetence or insubordination? No, simply because Nation might run for county clerk.
I hope the taxpayers of Spencer County will refuse to support Lynn Hesselbrock for county clerk. I have always wanted fairness and equal application under the rule of law, not more good ol’ boy partisanship from republicans. This behavior is unacceptable.
I wish Kentucky had a lemon law for elected politicians, so we could exchange those that are damaged goods. Karrer has wasted no time in implementing his true partisan colors in only a few short months.
Maybe those were right who exclaimed one and done. Let’s prevent Hesselbrock from even getting one.