Cupid appointment process ‘unusual’
by Jon Gillooly
March 12, 2013 12:24 AM | 2739 views | 15 15 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lisa Cupid is well into her third month as the District 4 representative on the Cobb Board of Commissioners, but she has yet to fill the 30 or so appointments to the county boards that came with her office.

Cupid is circulating a detailed application for people to fill out who are interested in one of the spots.

The application must be turned in by April 5 for consideration, she said.

“It’s unusual,” county chairman Tim Lee said. “It’s never been done before, but if that’s how she wants to approach it, that’s her prerogative.”

Some of the questions ask if the applicant has held the position in question before. Others ask why the applicant is interested in serving and what they want to achieve if appointed.

The application, which Cupid said she designed after eyeing forms in other counties, also asks how long the applicant has lived in Cobb, their gender, their age range and their race.

Popping the race question

The race question, which is marked “optional,” is worded this way: “For the purpose of demographic balance, please provide the following” before asking the race of the applicant.

Cupid said she asked the county’s legal department to review the application prior to releasing it.

“Race always seems to be the big elephant in the room that no one wants to address, and certainly from the whole IMAGE debate, we’ve seen that race is certainly a significant issue for our county,” Cupid said. She’s speaking of a proposal she, Tim Lee and Commissioner Helen Goreham killed last month that would have required federal agents to review the hiring records of county contractors to ensure employees are legally able to work in the U.S.

Cupid explained why she wanted to know the race of the people she was appointing to boards ranging from the Cemetery Preservation Board to the Board of Tax Assessors.

“For me there’s some presumption here that my appointments will all result in people being appointed who look like me,” she said. “This helps me to ensure that those who are appointed are a representation of everyone in District 4, and believe it or not, everyone in District 4 does not look like me.”

Seeking demographic balance

A demographic balance is what she’s looking for, Cupid said.

“I think it’s important to make sure that we are capturing the diversity of Cobb to serve in leadership in Cobb, and you know, perhaps as much as I know, that there is not a lot of diversity that’s represented on our boards, so certainly I think there’s opportunity with this application to address that,” Cupid said.

Cupid said the application form grew out of an effort she is making to be respectful and inclusive of all people she represents, regardless of their diverse backgrounds or cultures.

“Because there are some people who might believe that I would be inclined to just appoint people who look like me,” she said. “So this is a way to safeguard me from making sure that does not happen to make sure that we are also supporting and showcasing the diversity within our county, yes, from a skill set perspective, but also from a demographic perspective.”

Cupid said the question about race was optional and would not be the sole determining factor.

Cupid said it was a concern that the various county boards are going without representation from south Cobb while she considers whom to appoint to the vacant posts.

“This I know will be about five, six months out until they get appointed, but my term is for four years, so looking at the grand scheme of things, I think it’s worthwhile to have waited for six months,” she said. “To me, it’s worthwhile to wait to make sure we give the best opportunity to find the best person for the role rather than to put someone in and find out that they may not have been the best fit.”

Looking out for her district

Living in District 4, while not a requirement, would be given a certain amount of weight, she said.

In January, Lee planned to ask the Board of Commissioners to appoint former Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Bank of North Georgia president Rob Garcia to a position on the Development Authority of Cobb County that had traditionally been held by someone who lives in South Cobb. Lee withdrew Garcia’s name at Cupid’s request.

The fact that Garcia doesn’t live in south Cobb was a concern, although it wasn’t the only reason she objected, Cupid said.

“It’s not necessarily because he was not a District 4 resident,” Cupid said. “But I haven’t seen — I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist — but I have not seen evidence from the Development Authority that they have put support behind projects within the district, and certainly those on that board represent all of Cobb, so one way for me to better feel that someone on the board is mindful of things in District 4 is to see someone from District 4 on that board.”

To obtain one of Cupid’s applications, call Saleemah Johnson at (770) 528-3311.
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Big Love
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March 13, 2013
If these are paid positions, can someone give me the link to apply?
anonymous
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March 13, 2013
You’ve got love this process when she doesn’t know anything just had the filing fee to run and money came into to her campaign. Lisa just got rid of the best guy on the board Murray Holman sad to see him go. If this was a white guy doing this application process the parades would already started with the protest signs. Lisa should have attended the county meetings the same 40 or 50 good citizens are there to defend their neighborhoods. If Lisa had to fill that same form out to run for office she would say this is Old Jim Crow law and racist; I guess we now have Black Apartheid or Lisa Crow law now Lisa is off and running for the Annette Kesting award look for south Cobb County to continue to flounder!!
paid positions
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March 13, 2013
Are these paid positions?
casual observer
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March 15, 2013
Most of the Commissioner-appointed positions are most certainly NOT paid positions. If you have one, you don't even get your parking paid.
South Cobb
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March 13, 2013
"Race always seems to be the big elephant in the room that no one wants to address, and certainly from the whole IMAGE debate, we’ve seen that race is certainly a significant issue for our county,” Cupid said. . .

I'm offended that Ms. Cupid assumes that IMAGE was about race. What does an illegal immigrant look like, Ms. Cupid? The truth is, they all look very different. For Ms. Cupid to assume that someone who was not verifiable through the IMAGE system looks a certain way--is of a "different" race--is very narrow indeed. Who is stereotyping? I think your conception is inaccurate.

Craig Kootsillas
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March 12, 2013
Elected officials normally appoint people that are key to getting themselves re-elected.

Trying to get a balanced view of the entire district is an interesting concept.
Good Old Boy
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March 12, 2013
Probably just as effective a means of making appointments as how well a man hunts, plays golf, or how he handles his liquor.
anonymous
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March 13, 2013
Thought those items aren't to be condisered for employement I quess if you black you don't have to follow rules!!
Wonderin'
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March 12, 2013
if she questions whether they are here legally.
Mike Woodliff
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March 12, 2013
Unusual? That's an understatement. I'm wondering if it's even legal. Race? Age? C'mon.
anonymous
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March 12, 2013
I'm sorry, but what color is Ms. Cupid again? I've forgotten what she looks like.

I mean, really, what is the emphasis on color and why not focus more on competence?
Just because
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March 13, 2013
I'm sorry but you statement about emphasizing color is totally inaccurate. Please look review the application first before you make statements like this because it's obvious you have not seen the application. I does focus on ones individual competence!!
Cupid watch
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March 12, 2013
OI woinder when Cupid the Genius will offer the Balck State of the County address? - No white people need apply to attend. Except Rich Pellegrino, her mind-meld equal.
Lisa Cupid rockdumb
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March 12, 2013
Lisa Cupid should be made to take an IQ test!Holy cow this woman is as dumb as a rock. What race exactlyu is illegal alien Lisa? She voted no to saving county paid jobs for leghal workers because she is too stupid to understand "illegal"?

“Race always seems to be the big elephant in the room that no one wants to address, and certainly from the whole IMAGE debate, we’ve seen that race is certainly a significant issue for our county,” Cupid said..

BUT SHE WANTS TO CHECK THE RACE OF APPLICANTS FOR POSITIONS SHE DOLES OUT?!

Y U L
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March 12, 2013
Excuse me Mr./Mrs. "Lisa Cupid rockdumb" I respect your opinion, but I think it would be even be better to say your comments at a commission meeting to make sure that Commissioner Cupid has an opportunity to respond. Just sayin' you probably shouldn't say anything you would not say in person.
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