Yup, county supervisor should get their share of blame for the latest county pension scandal, but most of the ire should be directed at County Executive Scott Walker's administration.
From Dave Umhoefer's story on Sunday: The Journal Sentinel spent six months analyzing the costs and hired two financial experts to assist in the calculations.
That's not an analysis any single supervisor is likely to be able to do, although maybe the Personnel Committee should have contracted for its own study.
The real problem, though, is that Walker for too long had the wrong people running the county's HR department, where the practice of allowing employees "buy" past service credit should have been dissected. The county's HR department has stumbled repeatedly under Walker. Just a year ago, Supervisor James "Luigi" Schmitt called it "incompetent."
The mess in HR is Walker's responsibility. Walker for too long let hacks roam where he needed competent professionals. The huge errors by his department finally forced him to make changes this year, but his knowing neglect of this department will cost county residents plenty.
As for the County Board, it needs to look at its own structure and staff. It may be time for it to add a bit more HR / Personnel expertise of its own to provide needed information and to protect the interests of taxpayers.