A big job for Biggers

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lewisburg's Water and Wastewater Department has a new employee since the now-former chairman of the city utilities board was hired to be the assistant superintendent in training, and he may be promoted next year when the superintendent begins his retirement.

Topics like this might be the fodder of critical comments among those who say things without their name attached to their opinions. Such forums with pessimistic views are bountiful in this age of new communications and they're as predictable as small town talk.

Regardless, here are a couple of old stories brought back for perspective before too much water flows through the treatment plants.

During a few months in the early 1990s, Fred Hobbs of Eagleville wore several hats at the same time. He was the town's mayor. Hobbs was also the state representative from that area to the General Assembly on Capitol Hill in Nashville. Fred was also on the Rutherford County Board of Education and his fellow board members elected him to be their chairman.

That's just the government jobs held by Mr. Hobbs in those heady days.

He was also a member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and while serving in so many government positions; Hobbs became chairman of the board at the Chamber.

This is not to criticize Mr. Hobbs' public service. It's just an example of something that happened somewhere else that's not so far away - You know, Eagleville, where Carl's Seasonings comes from; And happy holidays to y'all there for these seasons.

There's another example.

Murfreesboro City Manager Roger Haley was a city councilman before he was hired by the councilmen and women he called colleagues a short time before becoming manager of a city that had a population that's more than doubled since he became manager.

Haley's move may seem more like the job change by Pepper Biggers at Lewisburg's Water and Wastewater Department where he was chairman of the board and quit to be the assistant superintendent in training.

However, it's Hobb's move that's more comparable. He went from being chairman of the School Board to being the school system's transportation director. In fact, he started using the computerized school bus route program that's being examined here.

The point is, the position change for Pepper Biggers isn't unique and it can be a good thing. Time will tell. The man's been closer to that utility's operations than practically anybody else who could have been considered.