The practice of a board making itself whole through appointment is a tried and true one. It works well and it holds true to the tenants of representative democracy. What is different in these cases is the process.
In all these instances, any public involvement will be, strictly speaking, a moot point. All the same, it’s nice to see what is normally a very private process pulled even slightly into the sunshine. Perhaps these will be the first steps toward a new, better process.
We’ve often heard our local leaders ask for a more engaged constituency, but they can’t pick and choose the topics of interest.