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. TWENTY-FOUR MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE Â·DECEMBER-14 I 193S MORE EFFICIENT PERSONNEL PLAN URGED IN REPORT ' County Consolidation Given Consideration in Iowa : . Brookings Summary. ; DES MOINES, Dec. 14. UP -- A section of the summary of the report of the Brookings Institution, Â·whose recommendations were made public recently, follows in this article, the thirteenth of a series: General organization and basic aspects of functioning- and control. Personnel administration--The importance of personnel is fully appreciated in Iowa; and attempts have teen made to insure that appointments shall he made on a non-political merit hasis. Probably the most successful method thus far used is the placing of administration in certain fields under boards of continuous and relatively. non-partisan . membership. This method has been to some degree successful; Nevertheless, it has not yet trought about a'sound classification of positions and.of salaries; it has Â· liot insured throughout the admin, istration that the subordinate personnel shall be technically qualified Â·for their.positions; it does not pro. vide that appointing officers shall select the^best qualified, or one of - the Â· best qualified, candidates; it has made provision only in a few cases for a probationary period of service. No Efficiency Records Kept. Â· In general, no suitable efficiency records are systematically kept; no adequate control has been established over payrolls; lio uniformly proper rules have been applied to hours of work, vacation, sick leaves, etc.; the public service has not been made a satisfactory career; and in general no provision has been made for tlie retirement of aging or disabled employes. Furthermore, the board system does not covet the entire area of administration and, even though each board adopted an effective system within its, own field, no means exist for the co-ordination of the various systems. The above is not meant to Imply that the personnel situation in Iowa is uniformly bad. But it is not as good as it should be, If the greatest possible efficiency and economy are to be obtained. . To remedy existing defects, a state personnel .system is recommended and 'outlined in considerable detail. It is proposed that the administration of the system be inaugurated and guided by a state personnel board, 'immediate direction to be in the v hands of a director appointed by the STOMACH GONE, BUT HE EATS! Waldorf and Immanuel Choirs Plan Program FOREST CITY, Dec. 14.--The annual Christmas concert of tho Waldorf choir and the Immanuel Lutheran church choirs will be presented at the Immanuel Lutheran church in Forest,City, Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock. President J. L. Rendahl will read the Christmas jospel, and the instrumental quln- :et will play Handel's overture to ;he Messiah. Joseph Krnll's stomach wns removed In a Chicago hospital, but that doesn't stop him from eating--six meals a day! He has to eat in small quantities, however, with his small intestine handling the work of digestion. (Associated Press Photo). HOTEL vmm ^ CEDAR.-RAPIDS, ' IOWA NEW LOW RATES IN CEDAR RAPIDS' LEADING HOTEL SO Rooms t Without Bath 1 governor from three candidates certified by the board. 25 Counties Urged. The question of county consolidation. The territorial organization of the state is presumably Intended to serve the interests of the whole peo- With respect to the consolidation of counties, the conclusions reached by the survey in its different functional studies show on the whole surprising agreement. There is general conviction that the establishment in Iowa of somewhere around 25 counties instead of the present 99 would be, in a number of functional fields, distinctly beneficial and, in the others, probably beneficial but in no case harmful. The idea oÂ£ county consolidation has spread rapidly from state to state; but it has not become popular. There is still a good deal of confusion on the subject. Substance has been confused with procedure; and procedure is commonly thought to be more difficult than it really is. The history of counties in the southern, .middle western, and west- I ern states is a story of division and redivision, a process which came to an end in Iowa in 1871. County consolidation simply proposes, in rec- I ognition of a new set of conditions, to reverse the process. The proposal I recognizes the fact that, with rapid transportation, tho county has I shrunk in SIZE measured by travel I time. Blocks to Consolidation. The chief stumbling blocks in the path of county consolidation will apparently be presented by (1) rois- understandmg of the relation of county consolidation to the principle of local self-government, (2) the equalizing effect of consolidation, (3) representation on the board of supervisors, and (4) technical difficulties. The technical difficulties in the way of county consolidation are presented chiefly by (1) the county seats, (2) the county buildings, (3) the court system and (4) variations among counties with respect to road construction. These obstacles have in some case been exaggerated; and in practice there are ways to avoid or at least postpone them. The legislature should by statute make the way as easy as possible.- Local communities should interest themselves in the proposal, should undertake practical and conclusive studies, should enlist the aid of the higher educational Institutions, and should make the process of study, education, and formal action a thoroughly local and co-operative undertaking. Election administration. Study of the laws of Iowa reveal the possibilities of saving about 25 per cent of election expenses, without sacrificing any essential safeguards. Registration and election procedure is unduly complicated and inflexible. It requires simplification and modernization. Tour year terms for state and local elective officials not only should contribute to administrative efficiency and to intelligent and effective voting but will also materially reduce the cost of elections. This reform'must evidently await amendment of the constitution; but there are a number of statutory changes in registration and election procedure wh,Ich should be made without delay. ' 110 Present at 5.0th Wedding Anniversary of Couple at Fertile FERTILE, Dec:.14.--The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Rhodes was observed on ruesday afternoon at the parlors of the Christian church when ' 110 friends and relatives registered, ""ming from Clear Lake, IXason City, Hanlontown and Frrt"~ .jvogram included a clarinet solo by Henry Doebel, accotnpameu i^. Griswold, an address by the Rev. R. O. Hjelmeland, duet by Mrs. Mer) Hill and Roger Hill, recitation by Virginia Hill, solo by Mrs. Henry ~oebel, recitation by Mrs. Frances Hudgil, dressed in her grandmother's wedding dress of 50 years ago. 70 PIGEONS CAUGHT IN CHURCH BELFRY MARBLE ROCK, Dec. 14.--Seventy pigeons, which had been disturbing tho services in the Methodist church, were bagged by the men of, the congregation from the church belfry. Eighty thousand persons daily visit the city libraries in Tokyo, Japan. COMFORT AND BEAUTY, " A. . . . . . Comfortable Group for Dad Just a Pew Dollars Will Buy Years of Happiness This Group Only How could y'o u invest $39.50 to belter advantage than In this chair group? As a gill within the family. or in some other I a ra II y, here's years of Batis/ac- tlon and good will toward the giver. mosT LULCOm G IVE THEM what they actually need. This is a practical Christmas. A' very f ew dollars will go a long w.ay--perhaps further in furniture than in anything else. 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