News release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
Committee Appointed to Study Improving County Government Efficiencies
(November 6, 2014) â€” Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Allen County government’s executive branch will be the goal of a new study committee announced today by the Board of Commissioners.
The announcement comes after voters Tuesday rejected a county government restructuring referendum. The proposal would have abolished the Board of Commissioners and placed all executive powers in a single county executive and all legislative and fiscal powers in a nine-member County Council.
“The majority of our citizens have clearly indicated they wish to maintain the current structure of government in Allen County,” said Commissioner Therese Brown. “But we cannot ignore those who perceived a need for greater efficiency. Today, we stand before you as individuals who had staked different positions on the issue, but individuals who are now united in taking those thoughts back to the table and constructively seeking ways in which county government â€” in particular the executive branch â€” might improve.”
“We expect some of the recommendations will involve administrative action which the Board can take on its own, while others might require action by the state legislature,” added Commissioner Nelson Peters. “The goal at day’s end is to more effectively serve our constituents.”
Those who have agreed to serve on the committee are:
- Ellen Cutter, Director of the IPFW Community Research Institute, who will serve as facilitator;
- Mark Becker, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.;
- Terry McDonald, Mayor of New Haven;
- Roger Hadley, President of the Allen County Farm Bureau;
- Mike Eikenberry, Dean of IPFW’s Doermer School of Business;
- Bill Fishering, Allen County Attorney;
- Bob Taylor, President and CEO of Do It Best Corp.;
- Kent Castleman, Board President of New Allen Alliance