We are certain the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a lot of good ideas, but the concept of having staffers of the Calexico Housing Authority serve as director of the agency on a revolving basis was not one.
Yes, the Housing Authority has been plagued by controversy and needs to get on the right track, but having rotating directors — even on an interim basis — is far from being the right choice for promoting stability.
A government agency needs to have a person in charge, someone who is going to have the last word and is ultimately responsible. And the public needs to know who that person is.
Having different people as director for short periods of time creates a situation where confusion is likely and no one will really feel as if he or she is in charge. It also puts people in charge who are not the most qualified and some may use their brief tenures at the top to exact revenge or make other self-serving decisions.