Maybe it's just a coincidence that for the second year in a row, a town highway superintendent in Erie County is in trouble with the law.
Both times, the allegation was that the official was using his office for his own benefit or for the benefit of some purpose other than for the good of the whole town.
In my column today, former Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey offers a theory as to why this has happened. Lucey also argues that the current system of electing people to this job makes them more accountable to voters.
The other side of that argument is that the Town Board has less control over the office than if it were an appointed position.
Does two highway superintendents in trouble constitute a trend? And would changing the job from elected to appointed make a difference?
--- Bruce Andriatch