County commissioners could be replaced with a single county executive under a bill passed by the House today.
The change would only happen if voters and the commissioners themselves decide to make the reorganization.
The bill allow a county's three commissioners to begin the process of replacing the board of commissioners with a single person to handle the county's executive functions.
The county council would become the legislative branch of county government, and would continue to handle financial duties.
If commissioners approve a reorganization, the decision would then have to be affirmed by voters in a referendum. If approved, the change would occur four years later, so the earliest a county could change would be 2012.