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Sullivan legislature votes to change charter; majority seeks new county manager


Geiger said, “These amendments today are going to enable the county legislature to be more responsible, more productive; there will be more control in the hands of the legislature where it should be. That’s been a concern of ours all throughout 2012. There have been situations where the legislature has not had information; we have not had the control, the power that’s required as part of our duties as legislators under the charter. There have been serious concerns about the power structure that has developed here.”

Geiger said, for instance, that she had been told she was not allowed to speak directly to the commissioners of the various departments and instead she should go through the “chain of command,” and communicate with the commissioners through the county manager’s office. She and some other legislators have in the past cited this as an impediment to gaining the knowledge they need to make informed decisions on such matters as the county budget.

Before the changes become law, the full board will vote on January 24 on scheduling a public hearing of the matter for February.