Days before becoming Winder’s new mayor, David Maynard disclosed to the Barrow Journal his plans for ensuring the Winder City Council and the public have bigger voices in their city government.
Taken together, the initiatives represent a fundamental departure from how the public’s business has been conducted for years inside Winder City Hall. And in the area of spending, Maynard is giving up a degree of control as mayor to the city council.
Maynard said he is bringing to an immediate halt the practice of the city’s mayor making decisions behind closed doors and then springing his plans on the council and the public at the 11th hour before public meetings.
His changes also will remove much of the mayor’s independent spending authority, along with providing new protections in the public bidding process, and establishing for the first time in Winder’s history a formal process for filing ethics complaints against city officials.
Maynard and the councilmen elected with him in November will take their oaths of office Thursday night at the Winder Community Center.
Some of the proposed changes will go into effect at the Jan. 10 meeting of the city council meeting, and others will be implemented after a council committee works out the details.
For the full story, see the Jan. 4 issue of the Barrow Journal.