After weeks of public meetings, a citizens committee on Thursday night voted to strip the power of future chairmen of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners.
The Barrow County Charter Review Committee voted unanimously to recommend the following fundamental changes to Barrow County’s form of government:
• replace the county's “strong chairman” with a professional manager or administrator who would run the day-to-day operations of the county.
• change the position of chairman of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to part time, with his primary duties being to run board meetings and to represent the county around the region and the state.
• reduce the chairman’s salary to reflect his reduced responsibilities.
• remove the chairman’s veto power but allow him to make motions and to vote on all issues like the six district commissioners.
• reduce to three the number of commissioners needed in addition to the chairman or chairman pro-tem in order to constitute the quorum legally required to conduct business at a meeting.
• allow that in the event of the absence of both the chairman and the chairman pro-tem, four commissioners be allowed to call a meeting but require that any approved action have four affirmative votes.
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