County commissioners could be replace with single executive

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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