A search will soon begin to find a replacement for Jim Staunton, the retiring commissioner of the CIF Southern Section.
It's important that the committee entrusted with hiring a commissioner thoroughly investigate, interview and test the applicants to see whether they are prepared and qualified to handle the many responsibilites and tasks that come with the job of overseeing the largest of the 10 sections that run high school sports in California.
Among the questions that need to be asked:
What ideas do you have to reduce the animosity and tension between private and public schools?
How will you decide whether a student has transferred for sports reasons, thus denying them a year of eligibility?
How do you plan to move the Southern Section into the 21st century in regard to using TV, the Internet and social media platforms to create financial and public relations opportunities for the 579 schools in the Southern Section?
When you get angry, how do you react and treat others?
Do you return phone calls promptly?
Will you be the spokesperson for the Southern Section or leave that role to someone else?
All these issues need to be examined, because the position requires more than just someone who is an ex-principal or ex-coach. They must have integrity, leadership skills and the courage to make tough decisions.