It has come to my attention that there are members of the South Jacksonville Board of Trustees who have made comments privately to the effect of, “The public doesn’t understand”, “They’re not the ones up here doing this job”, and “The public doesn’t know what they want.”
Hearing these comments is, putting it lightly, very alarming.
To the Trustees that have made those comments, I say this –
The public most certainly DOES understand.
We understand that the last several years in this Village have been a wreck, behind the scenes.
We understand that it is your job to do what is best for this Village.
We understand that it is your job to get to the bottom of any and all misconduct that went on under the previous administration.
We understand that you have tough decisions to make, BUT we also understand that you MUST look beyond your next appearance on the ballot and do what is RIGHT, rather than what you think is popular.
Yes, we are not “the ones up here doing this job”… but we very easily COULD be.
We elected you to be TRUSTEES of this Village, not Kings and Queens who ignore the demands of your subjects.
As a reminder, the definition of “TRUSTEE” is, “a person, usually one of a body of persons, appointed to administer the affairs of a company, institution, etc”. The root word is, of course, “TRUST”, defined as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence”.
As I have previously stated, each of you must choose your actions wisely, now more than ever, because this community is now wide awake. We will not hesitate to do to you – Mike Elliott, Sonie Smith, and Kem Wilson (as the next members of the Board of Trustees to face an election season) – as we did to former Trustee Steven Douglass and return you to private citizen status.
We most certainly DO “know what (they) want.”
We want transparency.
We want fair and just governance.
We want progress.
We want to know that our opinions aren’t going in one ear and immediately out the other.
We want to know that we aren’t being told one thing to our face, but having another story or action happening behind our back.
We want accountability… and we are going to get it, one way or the other.