Most employers in almost any industry are much more specific in the criteria they use to select potential new employees. The top five requirements include excellent oral and written communication skills, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills, relevant experience and a relevant degree and or certification.
When the Orange County Board of Supervisors considered candidates to fill the position left by disgraced Sheriff Carona, the main criteria used to filter the shaft from the wheat included education/training, law enforcement experience and law leadership/management experience.
As the Rancho Santa Margarita city council settled on a schedule to interview twelve candidates for the seat vacated by Gary Thompson, we asked council members Tony Beall, Steve Baric, Jerry Holloway and Jesse Petrilla whether the council had settled on a criteria, or whether it was going to be left to each individual council member. We then asked each member, if the latter, whether the criteria to be used would be objective, subjective or a combination thereof.
We did get a Humpty Dumpty-esque response from RSM city clerk Molly McLaughlin “The criteria listed on the application are the requirements for any resident to run for office. There are specific but broad requirements that are required – such as being a registered voter, etc. However, the application did request for a statement of qualifications/resume. And again, the City Council’s public discussion, did speak to the City Council’s expectations”
For reference, Humpty Dumpty appears in Lewis Carroll's through the Looking-Glass where he discusses semantics with Alice
We should note that we did get a Maddof-esque I-do-not-want-to-leave-any trails-response, from Jerry Holloway stating “ call me”.
Perhaps momma Gump and Nancy Pelosi were right. You do not know the type of city council member is going to get, until you get it.