Mutchler deserves reappointment
Government transparency is not a partisan issue. It is, rather, the public's right in a representative democracy that depends on an electorate with access to information about public business.
That is exactly how Terry Mutchler has approached her role as founding director of the state Office of Open Records.
The office was created by the Legislature in 2008, when it finally got around to ending Pennsylvania's status as the state with the worst open records law in the nation.
Because the new law created an entirely new protocol, making government openness an assumption rather than politicians' prerogative, Ms. Mutchler began with an open book. Since then, she has filled the record in the public interest, apolitically and steadfastly fulfilling the law's intent of diminishing secrecy.
Now, her term is about to expire, but Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to do the right thing by nominating her for a second six-year term.
Perhaps the best tribute to her fairness and effectiveness is that legislators on both sides of the aisle have called for her reappointment. They include Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County and Democratic Sen. John Blake of Lackawanna County.
Mr. Corbett should appoint Ms. Mutchler to ensure progress toward transparency.