We seem to have forgotten for whom the government works. I think all people that fall under a particular local government (town, village, city, county and state) agency (police, public works, Post Office, etc.) should have the opportunity to have input into the individual performance evaluations. I think that all annual individual evaluations of government employees should be 360 degrees. That means they should include rating from superiors (25%), peers (25%), subordinates (25%) and the public (25%). The public part would consist of any complaints as well as any good deeds. The public needs a way to commend good governmental employees.
This could be done on the State Income Tax. There should be a section where the taxpayer can indicate one governmental employee by name that they dislike. No reason need be given. Any employee who gets ten dislikes is put on probation for one year. They must clean up their act before the next year. If they get ten or more dislikes again, they are terminated. Their crime--they lost the trust of the people they serve.
Another line item on the tax return should be to commend (like?) excellent government employees. Government employees with several “likes” must be commended. This system wouldn’t apply to elected officials. They were voted in and can be voted out or impeached.
Should we give it a try?