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Council Council Approves 2013 Charter Amendments: Voters to Consider Four County Charter Amendments on November 5, 2013 Ballot

8/27/2013 8:00:00 AM
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Media Contact: Joseph Nanni (216) 698-2520; jnanni@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND –  At its August 27, 2013 meeting, Cuyahoga County Council sent four County Charter amendments to voters for the November 5, 2013 General Election.    Council President C. Ellen Connally stated:  “We appreciate the diligent efforts of the first Charter Review Commission, which resulted in many excellent Charter proposals. Council thoroughly considered these and other suggested amendments in arriving at their decisions today.  We believe these selected amendments will make Cuyahoga County government better for all of its citizens.” 

 Council Member Dave Greenspan, Chair of the Council’s Operations and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, also praised the Charter Review Commission and his colleagues. “In a process that began in November 2012, Charter Review Commission Chair Bruce Akers and  Commission members sought the opinions of many constituents before presenting their amendments to Council in July 2013.  Likewise, Council carefully worked through each proposal in a series of meetings throughout July and August.  We are confident that these Charter amendments will improve our county government.”

 Council approved the following amendment topics:

  • Board of Revision – addressing structural and operational changes 
  • Actions of Council Not Requiring Executive Approval - clarifying separation of powers issues
  • Personnel Review Commission (i.e. Human Resource Commission) - changing the appointing authority to Council; providing other clarity for Commission
  • Executive Appointing Authority – extending Council confirmation time to 60 days; allowing for interim appointments 

Recognizing that there might be some issues with a new government’s Charter, the Charter framers provided for the first Charter Review Commission to convene only two years into the new government.  The next Charter Review Commission will be appointed in 2017, with subsequent Commissions seated every ten years after.

 

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