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Congrats, new county treasurer

Longtime deputy well-qualified for post

By The Mercury

Congratulations are in order for Shilo Heger, who has won the appointment to take over for Eileen King as the Riley County treasurer.

Mrs. Heger is well-qualified, having spent a decade working in Mrs. King’s office as a deputy. She was the nominee of Mrs. King and the obvious heir-apparent. As such, we’re confident she will do a good job managing the treasurer’s office.

We continue to think it’s rather silly to elect the treasurer and the register of deeds. Whether the county clerk ought to be elected is debatable at best; it seems to us that an equally valid argument could be made for electing the county property appraiser. But that’s a drum we’ve beaten before, and there’s no serious proposal to do anything about it. And it’s not that the current system has broken down, so we’ll shut up for the moment.

Having said that, we need to tip the cap to the Riley County Republican Party. Precinct committee members for the party on Tuesday evening picked Mrs. Heger unanimously, and that’s to their credit. They didn’t try to trot somebody out there on ideological grounds or whatever, so they should be thanked for an action in favor of good government.

Of course, Mrs. Heger is really only in place until the next election in 2016, when she could be replaced by an ideologue or somebody just looking for a job. But she’ll have the advantage of running as an incumbent, which is really the big favor that the party just did for her.  She’ll have to run on her record at that point, and that’s also good.

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