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2010 PASS Board Candidates: Geoff Hiten


The PASS Board presents the following candidates for the 2010 Election:

The links above are interviews I conducted with the candidates earlier and to the candidates individual pages at the PASS Elections portal.

I asked a single follow-up question to each candidate: "If elected, what will you change (if anything) about the current Elections process?"

Geoff Hiten's Response

Before we "fix" the process, we need to define exactly what the process is supposed to produce.  There is an obvious disconnect between the board expectations and the community expectations as to the qualifications of a board member.  I can attest from personal experience that some of the qualifications the Nom-Com scored on were not directly or indirectly asked during the application or interview process.  I suppose you could say that the candidates were obligated to go look at the criteria and frame their answers appropriately, but that doesn' t pass the smell test.  I see this year as similar to a first attempt at a Disaster Recovery test.  We certainly didn't get the outcome we expected, but we learned a lot about how to make the next iteration better.  We certainly  learned a lot of things not to do.  Next time will be better.

So to get to a direct answer, I think the board and the next Nom-Com need to revise the application and interview process to more tightly couple to the scoring system.  I think a written interview process should also be part of the second round of questioning to help elaborate on   I have no doubt that given a second try, and maybe a chance to reflect and think about answers,  Steve and Jack could both come up with accurate, truthful responses that would easily get them on the slate..

Published Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:00 AM by andyleonard

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