Too many cooks spoil the pot

Published 12:01 am Friday, March 8, 2019

We’ve all heard the old phrase, “Two heads are better than one.” It’s a familiar saying because it’s rooted in common sense; two people working to solve a problem can, typically, provide faster results. But when the number of people working on a problem grows exponentially, the sheer number of heads and hands working can cause problems of their own.

That’s why we appreciate Adams County Supervisor David Carter’s suggestion that Natchez and Adams County might benefit from consolidating the leadership teams of several public entities into a more streamlined one. Carter wisely pointed out that the county alone has multiple boards working on many of the same goals — The Natchez-Adams County Port, the Natchez-Adams County Airport Commission, economic development entity Natchez Inc. and the list could go on and on.

“Right now, there’s a high diffusion of responsibility,” Carter said. “Where no one takes the blame because they all have a piece of that responsibility. We can minimize that diffusion of responsibility by unifying our boards.”

Carter’s idea needs a little further work and fleshing out, but having a streamlined leadership team could do nothing but help our area’s economic development efforts.

It’s a case when nine heads might be better than 99.