With Randy Oliver leaving for greener pastures next month, Augusta commissioners are in the market for a new city administrator. Certainly, as the Metro Chamber suggests, there should be a nationwide hunt to ensure the best person possible is hired.
In the meantime, however, the commission (and the public) ought to take stock. It's hard to believe, but since consolidation in 1996, the city has been running without a charter. We agree with Mayor Bob Young that this would be the right time to write one.
A charter spells out the roles of city officials, elected and appointed; makes rules, sets guidelines and, in general, defines the responsibility and accountability of local government.
Most cities have charters. Augusta should, too. Such clarity should even make it easier to attract a top talent to the administrator's post.