Yes, I was a skeptic and quite sure that the Royal Palm Beach appointment process was a path to disaster, either with no outcome or an outcome contrary to the choice of the voters; but indeed it turned out to be a success.
Council members opening with their top choices of the 11 applicants, giving a brief overview of what each had to offer the village and their backgrounds, set the stage for a much more intelligent discussion. The ballot and point system still got a bit convoluted and was not easy to follow by those watching, and at times seemed to baffle even the mayor.
The result was the appointment of Ms. Jan Rodusky. What a breath of fresh air this is for all! Another woman on the council — something sorely needed to calm the discord that has been the public image of the council for the past years.
The public also learned that our village has some real potential leaders, and that, hopefully, the voters will see some of these applicants again stepping up to advisory boards and perhaps someday a future council or mayoral seat. Congratulations Councilwoman Rodusky, and congratulations Royal Palm Beach!
Martha Webster, Royal Palm Beach