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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

t-riday, January 1 ,1, 19 /:5

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY 1-riday, January 12, lV/5

Dems approve major reorganization plan

By DAVID STOLL 1
After gaining control of t h e
Washtenaw County Board of Com-
missioners for the first time since
the Civil War, the Democratic ma-
jority has already begun a sweep-t
ing reorganization of county gov-
ernment.
A new plan approved last week
replaces a Republican reorganiza-
tion plan that was adopted by the
body last December. While both
plans involve significant changes
in governmental structure, t h e r e
are a number of differences be-
tween the two.
Democrats say the Republican
plan was an attempt to thwartt
their new majority on the Board
and make good on their promise to
quickly replace it with another.

Abolished under the Democratic
plan is the post of county admin-
istrator, and with it goes R o s s
Childs, long-time chief executive of
Washtenaw County. Childs h a d
come under heavy criticism from
Democrats in recent years. Also
abolished is the Board of Auditors.
The aim of the new plan, which
was approved last week and went
into effect immediately, is "to get
the bureaucracy under control,"
says commissioner James Cregar
(D-Ypsilanti). Most observers
agree that the rapid increase in
county functions during r e c e n t
years has outgrown the old admin-
istrative structure.
The county administrator, Cre-
gar says, not only had a "mind-
boggling" job keeping tabs on all

the departments, but also had a ments, making them 'more respon-'
monopoly on the information which sive to the wishes of the com-
the Board of Commissioners need- missioners.
ed to make decisions. The Republican plan also would t
The three part-time members of have abolished the county admin-
the Board of Auditors, he contin- istrator's post, but would have re-c
ues, were incapable of properly quired that departments be direct-c
auditing the county's $12.5 million ly accountable to the Board oft
operation. Auditors and its executive secre-l
The Democratic plan creates tary.t
four new positions. A full-time con- The commissioners would have
troller will perform the functions received communications f r o m
of the old Board of Auditors as the departments and carried o u t
well as those of the budget officer, their decisions through the audi-
another post which has been abol- tors. The three auditors had been
ished. appointed for staggered four year
An executive assistant to the terms. Although one was a Demo-,
commissioners will, in Commis- I crat, all three were appointed by
sioner Kathy Fojtik's (D-Ann Ar- Republican-dominated Boards of
bor) words, be a "chief paper-pas- Commissioners.
ser" between the departments and Fojtik thinks this "single line
the commissioners. of communication" from t h e
A corporation counsel will per- departments to the commissioners
form legal services for the corn- I might have been "blocked and
missioners now provided by t h e rendered the commissioners inef-
fective."
county prosecutor, William Delhey. epublicans, on the other hand,
And for the first time, the county contend that their now-defunct re-
will hire a personnel director. onzat their euby re
Cregar contrasts the "pyramidal" organization was required by state
structure of the old county gov- law and insist that it was apoliti-
ernment, and the Republican reor- cal in nature. They have their own
ganization, with what he calls the jcriticisms of the new plan.
gwheel-tikne thsha" fthe news Commissioner Paul Hansen (R-
structure. Augusta township) calls the reor-
"Under the new plan the Board,
will be at the center of county THURS. JANWLAR"Yi 1
government rather than detached
and above it," says Fojtik. Shev
thinks the new plan will multiply
the channels of communication be-
tween the Board and the depart-

ganization "o b v i o u s l y directed
against Republican office holders."
"Cuts were made in the staffs of
the prosecuting attorney, the re-
gister of deeds, and the c o u n t y
clerk, all of whom are Republi-
cans," Hansen argues. He does
think the plan has "some g o o d
points," however, one of which is
the replacement of the auditors
with a controller.
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