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What a surprise: A consultant is needed to sort out housing issues

So, the Summit Housing Authority (SHA) has decided a consultant is needed to determine virtually everything about the structure, purpose and staffing of its organization.

There seems to be a penchant in Summit County for virtually all the governing bodies – school boards, towns, county – to hire consultants almost immediately when any decisions need to be made. 

I think it’s nice all of the elected and appointed officials are so quick to recognize their own incompetence to do the jobs they were selected/elected to do. It would just be nicer if they had mentioned they weren’t capable of doing the jobs before they campaigned for them. 

Quite frankly, anyone off the street could do any and all of the government jobs in this county, if all that’s involved is hiring consultants to do all the heavy lifting.

What I think is even more ironic is whom they like to hire as consultants. I’m not talking about this SHA guy – he seems to have decent credentials, although I’m amazed that his stated plan of attack to work the problem never occurred to the current SHA staff.

No, I’m talking about an apparent marked propensity to hire consultants from Boulder. I can only imagine that some of our local officials don’t get out much to talk to the rest of Colorado. 

If they did, they might have heard the universal opinion that Boulder and its residents are not attached in any real sense to the world as most of us know it. I’m being kind – most people describe Boulderites in much less complimentary terms.

So, if Boulder denizens are sort of weird in their approach to virtually everything, what does that make the people who hire them to consult? At a minimum, I would say overfunded and adventurous.

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