Whomever the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors selects as its new County Administrative Officer in the upcoming days, one things for sure.

Walking papers will be issued to many.

If the elected board does what it so desperately needs to do by hiring competent and experienced governmental administrator. They must let their micromanagement tendencies drift away in short order, and resume a proper role of policy making and oversight that allows the new leader to manage and guide the operation.

After all, isn’t this the individual who is suppose to implement board policy?

San Bernardino County has suffered dearly over the last decade. With minimal accomplishments and progress on areas such as redevelopment, the design of a well thought out vision to take the county forward, and organizational management, the county has fallen further behind.

When you really analyze it, the county has been what I routinely describe as “doing laps”.

What do I mean by laps?

How about just enough to get by. Handle fires when they spring up, cover-up and hide mismanagement, develop an annual budget, and collect the paychecks.

When you really look at it, this is all that’s happened. Nothing more, nothing less.

A prime example. After another year, no new county government center site location, let alone an actual project. Wasn’t this idea hatched in 2006?

I’ve always payed attention to neighboring Riverside County as a kind of benchmark to measure San Bernardino County. Honestly, San Bernardino County has been left in the dust. The revitalization in Riverside has solidly taken hold, while San Bernardino has continued down a path of continued deterioration.

There’s no excuse.

The “how much can I make and how big is my pension going to be” era has cost San Bernardino County dearly.

Under the administration of former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer loyalty of department heads and administrators was bought by huge increases in compensation, with little demand for performance. County workers were treated like door mats and morale was destroyed. Threats and intimidation was common place.

However, signs are on the horizon this is all about to change.

A majority of the county supervisor’s have had enough of the status quo and are out to bring in someone who can right the ship. The new mantra being perform or get out. No more mediocrity. It’s amazing how two supervisors believe everything is just fine. But that discussion is for a future somewhat humorous story.

I’m not saying everyone will go, but many will. There are always second chances.

It’s been a while since fear of the unknown has gripped county managers, and rightfully so. Can you say pack you bags?

It’s about time.