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County abolishes committees

Posted: Friday, Dec 7th, 2012

CLINTON — Residents interested in attending the county board meetings will have to get used to attending three meetings a month, since the board’s decision Thursday to abolish the longstanding committee system.

County business that normally filtered through six board committees making recommendations to the full board will now go to the full board via three consecutive weekly meetings each month. All business will automatically go before the full board when it meets on the first, second and third Thursdays of each month.

The change was the result of a proposal submitted to members by new board chairman Sherrie Brown. Brown was officially elected chairman Thursday by a 5-4 vote. Brown did not vote.

Some of the new board members supported Brown’s plan to change the procedure. George Wissmiller felt the new system would promote more governmental transparency.

Wissmiller said reports from committees were “hearsay” and that a small county, such as DeWitt, did not need board committees.

“… I want the best information,” Wissmiller said. “I don’t want second hand information through a committee chair, I want to talk to the department head.”

Board member David Newberg felt a possible change in the procedure should be examined but felt more research was required.

For the complete article see the 12-07-2012 issue.

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