Why do Linn Supervisors skip their own meetings?

Why do Linn County Supervisors skip their own Board meetings? Because they can. And if the Supervisors could not attend their meetings by phone, their attendance might be worse. Or the meetings might be cancelled for lack of a quorum.

A five member Linn County Board of Supervisors (BOS) allows any two supervisors to be gone while the three remaining supervisors conduct a meeting. This is the same structure that allowed a former supervisor to miss a number of meetings to become the president of NACO, which ultimately led to her taking a full-time job with NACO.

I have never understood why anyone would schedule a BOS meeting knowing they had a conflict with it. There is no requirement to hold BOS meetings on Monday (9am), Tuesday (9am), and Wednesday (10am); and nothing forbids holding meetings on Thursdays and Fridays, or over the lunch hour, or in the afternoons, or after 5pm.

Congratulations to Supervisor Chairman Harris who attended 100% of the BOS meetings from 1/1/2018 – 8/31/2018. During that time period, Supervisors Walker and Oleson missed 16 of 97 meetings; and Rogers and Houser missed 7 and 6 meetings, respectively.

I have a suggestion: Reduce the number of meetings and/or schedule them when you can achieve 100% attendance. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

P.S. The Auditor’s Office has been tracking Board attendance since 1/1/2013 because the Auditor’s Office incurs costs every time the Board meets.

Copy of BOS Attendance.xlsx

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