Stacy Ritter is a certified . . .
The Broward County mayor's minions produced a nifty sounding press release last week announcing that Ritter was the proud recipient of a "certified county commissioner designation."
The certification, doled out by the Florida Association of Counties, sure sounds nice. Certified county commissioners are said to have completed 42 hours of courses having to do with "duties and responsibilities as an elected official." Which sounds grand. FAC Director Chris Holley said, "This certification allow our citizen electorate to become experts in county government . . ."
Except the certifications are being larded out to the association to its members. The Florida Associations of Counties, I'm thinking, may not be as rigorous in its standards as, say, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Even so, only 200 county commissioners in Florida's 67 counties have bothered to get themselves schooled in the fine art of keeping county government from going to the dogs (or to the lobbyists). Such expertise, obviously, is not a requirement for holding elected office. Or any expertise whatsoever.
And thats the sad certifiable truth.