DEAR EDITOR:

Now that District Commissioner Lisa Cupid is in the race for the job of Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, her position has to be filled with a newly elected commissioner for her district. Additionally, just recently, Cobb’s District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott announced he won’t seek re-election when his term ends. Both of these decisions by Cobb’s two highly experienced and knowledgeable commissioners will leave a major void in our four District Commissioner’s seats.

It’s quite possible that, after our upcoming county elections, we may have a brand new Chairman or Chairperson, along with two brand new commissioners on the BOC to guide, oversee and make key operational and critical decisions along with our other first-term and one seasoned commissioner. Cobb citizens need to pay close attention this year when they go to the polls and elect our new county leaders. We need quality leadership on the BOC.

Add to the fact that Rob Hosack, our county manager, just retired for a second time. Rob takes with him many years of hard work, accomplishments and probably more knowledge of how to run our county than anyone else. His value will not be replaced or duplicated easily or quickly. Our county will miss him very much.

It’s my view that Cobb County faces a big challenge this year to locate, hire and elect many new key leaders in order avoid any potential operational pitfalls. We need to do our homework and elect first-rate leaders for our county this year.

Joe O’Connor

Marietta

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