Thank you for the Wednesday article on the hiring practices and friendly relationships between the Snohomish County executive and other local politician wannabes (“2 county exec hires have ties to friend, legislator”). Providing jobs to friends and associates by the Office of County Executive reeks of cronyism or at least of hope-nobody-finds-out favoritism.
Unfortunately, embracing and rewarding friends and associates by providing them jobs and other opportunities is prevalent in many organizations. The Herald could provide the community additional information by exposing some of these practices by governmental organizations and senior officials in government and public office. You might be surprised by the widespread practice of favoritism and cronyism within the boundaries of Snohomish County.
With your article about the county executive’s office hiring practices, you have made several voting choices much easier. You should continue to look for more cronyism activity as a public service. This would probably help more than the many slick marketing pamphlets and mailings that we will be subjected to in the next few months.
Ignacio Castro Jr.