On this year's ballot, there are two proposed charter amendments for votes to consider. The first is Question A. It would allow the county council to confirm deputy directors and the assistant director of administration just like the council currently approves department directors. The thought behind this is that in some cases deputy directors have significant authority and may even serve as the top official in a department when a director leaves. For positions that have such authority, the council should confirm.
The amendment would also clarify that the director of administration, the county's number-two position, is confirmed by council. This has been the practice since the beginning of the executive form of government, but the charter is not clear on this. Question A would end any confusion.
Publishers Notes: The Council wants to take over as much power from the Executive as humanly possible. As I've always stated in the past, either get rid of the Executive position, (something YOU voted for) or leave the Executive position alone. These EXTREMIST Council Members need to be stopped.