What happened to trusting experts?

City Ninja's audit report is due to be released on September 24

Stephen Richer is the Maricopa County Recorder, responsible for recording public documents, voter registration and election administration. He was elected, as a Republican, after beating the incumbent Democrat in the November 2020 election. Richer recently published a 38-page open letter to Arizona Republicans on the 2020 election and the Arizona audit. The opinions expressed here are his own. View more opinion at CNN.

(CNN)Expertise matters.

When I hurt my knee, I went to an orthopedic surgeon. When I built my house, I hired an architect. I give my taxes to an accountant, my teeth to a dentist, my car to the Nissan dealership and my hair to Great Clips (there's not much left of it anyway).
These people have experience, education, certificates and recommendations.
    And yet, in the arena of government and public policy, many no longer seem to care about expertise.
      Stephen Richer
      Over the past year, much of the country has ignored the consensus health advice of epidemiologists and virologists, instead putting stock in random YouTube videos and internet conspiracy theorists.
        In schools, the opinion of teachers about how kids best learn no longer matters to some.
        Average Joes somehow know better, despite the fact that "Joe" hasn't set foot in a high school classroom since he graduated at age 18.
          Regarding whatever the most recent Supreme Court opinion may be, many Twitter users happily subscribe to the catchy analysis of somebody who hasn't gone to law school, has never practiced appellate law, has never written about appellate law and has seemingly not even read the Court's opinion.
          Perhaps some of this is understandable. Bureaucratic experts have failed the country and even lied on several occasions.
          President Joe Biden promised to listen to experts for White House decision-making, and yet commentators of all political stripes agree that the Afghanistan withdrawal was a deadly demonstration of incompetence.
          And the past year and a half has produced a confusing, ever-changing and sometimes contradicting series of edicts on Covid from the local, state and federal officials.
          We must demand better from our public policy and government experts. We must make sure people in government leadership positions are installed due to their abilities, not because of the political favors they offer or because of the donations they've made. We need to make sure decisions come from groups of experts and aren't derailed by the ego or intellectual prejudices of one person. We also need better ways of assessing government bureaucratic experts. And we need to be able to immediately and easily fire government employees should they fail.
          But regarding expertise, we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
          You wouldn't do this in your personal life. If an auto repair shop failed you once, you wouldn't react by taking your car repair to somebody who had never before worked on a car.
          Unfortunately, that's essentially what has happened to elections in Arizona.
          Following the November 2020 presidential election, Arizona worked to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the vote. The number of checks and tests run are too numerous to exhaust in this article, but they include:

          Despite all of this, Arizona state senators launched a "forensic audit." To conduct the review, the senators skipped over experienced, credentialed companies and chose Cyber Ninjas, a