Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Lebanon gets two new leaders to fill shoes of great ones

Two announcements Thursday gave two Lebanon leaders the chance to further lead the community while filling the void left from the loss of their predecessors.
Oct 3, 2013

Two announcements Thursday gave two Lebanon leaders the chance to further lead the community while filling the void left from the loss of their predecessors. 

Mayor Philip Craighead announced Thursday that Robert Springer would take over the position as the new commissioner of finance for the city of Lebanon.

Also Thursday, the Lebanon Housing Authority board revealed its choice for a new executive director, nominating Patrick Johnson to take the position.

Springer, who has served as Hearthside executive director for the past eight and a half years, replaces longtime finance commissioner Russell Lee, who died in July after a long battle with cancer. 

“My selection for this job is a person who is already in touch with the pulse of our city,” Craighead said. “He is one who cares deeply for individuals and has the background to meet all the requirements of this challenging and demanding job. Like Russell, he will be one who will be responsive to your needs for information.  He is a very direct and to-the-point kind of guy who has the uncanny ability to think outside the box.”

Johnson, preacher at Peyton Road Church of Christ, beat out six other finalists for the job, and would replace Henry Harding, who announced his plans to retire in June after nearly 30 years of service. 

“Through a lot of interviews and prayers we came to this choice, and I’m sure we made the right choice,” board member Liz Reese said.

These two new community servants, if they decide to take on the responsibility, will be tasked with making important decisions in their new leadership roles. Though their predecessors were highly skilled and had years of experience, it was eneviable change was necessary. 

Ultimately, the right decisions were made in selecting both Springer and Johnson to fill these important leadership positions, and we applaud their recommendations. 

Government shutdown should be ended

There was no good reason to shut down the federal government over disputes on the Affordable Health Care Act, and there’s no good reason why it’s still ongoing. 

On Tuesday, we used this space to show our displeasure with our federal leaders in Congress, along with the Obama administration, for allowing a shutdown to take place. 

After nearly a week of grinding halt in many departments on the federal level, it’s time Congress puts an end to this dispute. At least agree to disagree at this point. 

It’s about time Congress puts its differences aside and tries to work toward a compromise. Not doing so is detrimental to America. 

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