It was heartening to see at least some on the Burbank City Council this week acknowledge that any interim pick to replace the soon-to-be vacated positions of city clerk and city treasurer will have an inherent political advantage, come citywide elections in 2013.
That advantage has prompted criticism of the process — criticism that could be allayed by asking the appointees to pledge to not run for the full four-year term. Pledges, of course, can be broken, but many people, including the editors of this paper, will be watching.
Elected offices are, of course, different; and forcing someone to give up their right to be a candidate seems dicey, legally. However, there's nothing wrong with a strong suggestion.
Otherwise, fewer qualified candidates will mount a campaign against the instant-incumbents. This is not only unfair to voters, but in the end, the city potentially loses out on getting the best-suited person for the job.