County government needs to be leaner

To the editor:

The 27 members of the Shawano County Board of Supervisors are starting their new term. To begin, that means deciding the membership of 38 county committees. That seems to be a whole lot of government for a small, rural county.

In many other states, the county government is far leaner, streamlined and much more efficient in service delivery. Those states average five elected supervisors for each county. Those supervisors can meet at a conference table and look at each other as they study and deliberate their business. They are not required to address the chaiperson and are free to speak directly to one another.

The topic of what time to hold their meetings is bound to arise. That might present an opportunity to begin studying other significant reforms that would benefit the people of Shawano County.

Tom Anderson,