Whichever way Paden City decides to go with a charter change making the recorder appointed instead of elected, we hope the voice of the residents is heard. That hope isn't just for now with council really listening to what their constituents have to say at the public meeting, but for always if the position does become appointed.
At the risk of sounding wishy-washy, we understand both sides of this issue. The town's recorder must possess certain abilities and voters may not be aware of who is best qualified. But appointment gives council more power, a sometimes dangerous thing. Since council members are elected, you might say the recorder's job would still be in the voters' hands.
Either way, now or later, we hope city leaders will listen to the residents of Paden City.