In defending their move to ask an independent auditor to delve into how paramedics are paid, Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Karl Peterjohn and Commissioner Kelly Parks missed the point Wednesday.
It wasn't their concern about the salary calculation, which could be costly to the county. It wasn't even that their request may cost the county $900 (though they should have known that an auditor's invitation to call anytime doesn't mean such calls will be free).
It was the failure to communicate.
Instead of consulting with the other three commissioners and county staff, Peterjohn and Parks went rogue and, in the process, highlighted the current trust gap at the county. To the public, it looks like a case of too many cooks and too little communication.