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    Harry Aubrey Toulmin
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VII THE DEPARTMENTS In the new as in the old, the central powers of the state are divided into three departments,—legislative, executive and judicial,—which, in the same qualified sense, are separate and distinct from each other. Hannis Taylor A grave difficulty has arisen as to the connection of the departments with the commissions. More or less trouble has been experienced in methods of supervising the several divisions of the municipal organization. The conventional species of commission government provided that the positions of the heads of departments were to be filled by the commissioners themselves: the commissioners were to be directors of departments or be responsible, at least, for them. Des Moines Plan.—Des Moines, Iowa, provided that the commissioners were to be elected to certain positions which were specified prior to the election, and candidates were to compete for defined positions. The electorate had the privilege of selecting, therefore, particular men for a specified job.In this is found a fundamental error. It is fallacious for this reason, that it puts upon the people the task of selecting a man in a political way for a position which does not involve any political qualifications and in choosing a man in whose make-up the less politics there is, the more efficacious will be his work in behalf of the city he is to serve. The problem is not only the selection of a commissioner, in this form of commission government, but it is also that of selecting an executive: this dual requirement is one fraught with hazard and confusion, and with inevitable difficulty in the exercise of a conscientious and successful selection by the voter of the right man for the right place. These two qualifications of legislator and executive required in a candidate f...  
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