This is a job for which there appear to be no qualifications, including breathing.

Officials in the west Pennsylvania city of Uniontown, are wondering how a man who died in 2012, was able to be reappointed to a county industrial authority board.

According to a Jan. 29, 2015, AP story, “Fayette County officials said it seemed they never tried checking in with Larry Markwood before reappointing him…County commissioners say they conducted interviews with candidates and received letters from members who want to be reappointed or leave the board, but Markwood slipped through the cracks. The industrial authority hadn't met since 2010, so attendance records would have been of no use.

The Commission chairman told reporters they will be “smarter about the reappointment process in the future.” One would hope that will include checking for a pulse.

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