Mr. Donald Davis’s letter in your April 17 issue interests me. Mr. Davis notes that Madison County’s administrator, Ernie Hoch, has no education past high school, while Orange County’s incumbent has a bachelor’s degree and some post-graduate work.
It is true that our county’s board of supervisors had little interest in Mr. Hoch’s educational background. They did not expect him to be able to solve problems in differential calculus or to know very much about the French and Indian wars.
They expected him to be sensible, hard working and attentive to his duties. Above all, they expected him to be scrupulously honest and very careful never to create even the appearance that he might be using his office for personal gain. A previous board of supervisors had some experience with this when one of their own was found to be culpably careless in this regard.
To continue with Mr. Davis’s concern, he also compares Hoch’s previous employment experience unfavorably with his Orange County counterpart. Anyone who is interested can examine Hoch’s employment resume at the Madison County offices on Thrift Road. If Mr. Davis has not already read this document, he should. He may reach quite a different conclusion from the one he has stated.
Eugene S. Ince