### NZ Herald 5:30 AM Tuesday Jun 18, 2013
Bob Jones: It’s vote-and-hope for competence at top
By Bob Jones
OPINION There was a time when the mayoralty of our major cities commanded considerable prestige as a cap on a successful professional or commercial career. History reveals many important mayors of an earlier age. Sadly no longer. Instead, everywhere there are mayors and councillors devoid of even the faintest credentials for any public office. Indeed, some have never had a job, suggesting they’re financially motivated. Given perks such as the sister cities silliness and ratepayer-funded jaunts to them, free cars, telephones, etc, being mayor is quite appealing for the unaccomplished.
Dunedin is unique as it’s been well served by competent mayors, evidenced by the last half dozen being repeatedly re-elected, in most cases for three terms, before retiring.
I suspect voters are conscious of that as I’ve observed how they repeatedly backlash against the most heavily advertised mayoral candidates, as if suspicious of such hunger for the office. We can only speculate why obvious potential candidates now shy away, but cannot condemn those who do stand, humdrum though they may be. Someone must or we’ll have no democracy.
Meanwhile at ODT Online:
“Mr Cull has allowed himself to be captured by the town hall bureaucrats and the self-interest groups in exactly the same way as his predecessors. The Sir Humphreys of this world are clearly alive and well at the Civic Centre.” —Moore1967
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr