It was heartening to see at least some on the Burbank City Council this week acknowledge that any interim pick to replace the soon-to-be vacated positions of city clerk and city treasurer will have an inherent political advantage, come citywide elections in 2013.
That advantage has prompted criticism of the process — criticism that could be allayed by asking the appointees to pledge to not run for the full four-year term. Pledges, of course, can be broken, but many people, including the editors of this paper, will be watching.
It's a strategy being used by the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees as it seeks a replacement for its president, who announced plans to resign to take a job in Maryland. Prohibiting the interim replacement from being in the running for the permanent job, so the logic goes, attracts a wider pool of qualified candidates because they won't be disheartened by the advantage that all incumbents have.