Page 10-Friday, February 24, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Coun considers 8fo
By MIKE NORTONY
Five years ago, the Washtenaw County Board of Com-
missioners booted out the existing county administrator,
abolished his position and took over the day-to-day operation
of the county through a system of "government by commit-
tee." Now it looks as if the county will be getting another ad-
ministrator fairly soon.
Early next week, the board will begin interviewing eight
carefully screened applicants for the newly-resurrected
post-which will pay from $30,000 to $40,000 a year. Though
there has been some hardline oppositions to the idea from
seven of the 15 commissioners, it is likely one of those ap-
plicants would be appointed county administrator within the
next few weeks.
THE 8-7 DECISION to re-establish the position, forced
last year by a coalition of county Republicans and Ann Arbor
Democrats over the protests of commissioners from Ypsilan-
ti and Ypsilanti Township, amounted to a tacit admission
committee government has not been a resounding success.
"I think it gets to be a problem when a legislative body
gets into administering departments," said Boardh Chair-
woman Meri Lou Murray, who originally voted to abolish the
administrator's post. "It's just not an efficient way to run
Applications for the postion were sought through
professional journals and organization, and over 160 names
were submitted by the board to a screening committee made
up of local government experts. The committee reduced the
number of candidates to 24, and evaluation by board mem-
bers two weeks ago brought the number of finalists down to
The final applicants are:
" Frank Ollendorff, manager of the city of Adrian, Mich.
" Robert Cantine, manager of Burke County, N.Y.
" John Bending of-the Michigan House Fiscal Research
" Charles Morrison, vice president of National Training
and Development Service, Silver Springs, Md.
" Edwin Martin, city manager of Hopewell, Va.*
" Michael Gotthainer; assistant administrative officer of
Los Angles County, Calif.
" Ronald Bultman, administrator of Burlington Town-
ship, N.J. and
" ,Clifford O'Key, city manager of Miami Beach, Fla.
The new administrator-whoever he may be-would act
as an assistant to the board. He would be responsible for
supervising and coordinating county departments and
programs, preparing and administrating the annual county
budget (which this year totaled some $21 million) and
preparing long-range capital improvement plans.
He would also be the county's chief personnel officer and
labor relations director (in cooperation with the county.cor-
poration counsel), public relations representative and policy
"THE ADMINISTRATOR would be the focal point of all
the information that comes into the county," said Com-
missioner Bent Neilson (R-10th Dist.). "And he'll funnel that
information to us.
One way or the other, though, the new job is hardly going
to be any bed of roses.
As County Corporation Counsel Robert Guenzel said, "If
enough commissioners start sniping at the new ad-
ministrator, I doubt he'll last six months."
MOREOVER, THE revival of the county administrator's
post does not by any means mean the end of committee
government in Washtenaw County; the administrator is ex-
pected to coordinate his activities with those of the county's
four standing committees. And since the exact boundaries
between his powers and theirs have not yet been defined, a
certain amount of skirmishing is almost bound to result.
Neither of these possiblilities presents insurmountable
Within the first yearof his appointment, for instance, the
new administrator would be asked to submit a plan for
streamlining the county's administrative structure. Such a
plan might-and probably would-draw distinct lines bet-
ween committee functions and administrative functions and
eliminate outdated holdovers from the committee gover-
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DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS SEVERED:
yprus and Egypt clash
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - President
Spyros Kyprianou said Thursday he
appreciated President Anwar Sadat's
strong feelings about the death of 15
Egyptian commandos at Larnaca air-
port but hoped Egypt would respond to
his efforts to heal the rift between the
"I wish to reassure Mr. Sadat that I
shall make every effort for the
restoration of relations between our two
govenments, ana the warming up of the
brotherly feelings that always linked'
our two peoples," Kyprianou said in a
THE COMMANDOS were killed Sun-
day when Cypriot national guardsmen
intervened in an attempt to rescue 11
Arab hostages being held aboard a
Cyprus Airways DC-8 by two gunmen
who identified themselves as
Palestinians. Seven Cypriots were
wounded. The terrorists had killed
Egyptian newspaper editor Youssef el-
Sebaei on Saturday in the Nicosia
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Diplomatic relations were broken
with Cyprus on Wednesday.
During a speech to his troops
following funeral services for the dead
commandos Sadat said he was with-
drawing recognition of Kyprianou as
president of Cyprus, calling him a
"dwarf." That led to speculation that
Egypt might recognize the self-
proclaimed Turkish Cypriot federated
state set up in the northern part of the
island; under Turkish occupation since
"I APPRECIATE and respect
President Sadat's strong feelings,"
Kyprianou said. "His present
justifiable psychological state
provides, I believe, an explanation for
theEgyptian president's decision. I ap-
peal to him to respond to my construe
tive intentions, to the mutual benefit of
our two countries."
Kyprianou rejected a demand by
Sadat that the two terrorists, now in
police custody, be handed over to
The two "will be tried with absolute
respect for the laws of the state, and for
the truth and with all the strictness
necessitated by the heinous crime
committed and subsequent events as a
result of which so many lives were en-
dangered," he said.
Federal judge OK's
Skokie Nazi parade
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge
Thursday threw out three ordinances
by which the predominantly Jewish
suburb of Skokie hoped to stop a band of
Nazis from marching down its streets
on the April 20th birthday of their idol,
Unless appealed, the decision ap-
peared to remove the last roadblock in
a long legal battle by Frank Collin and
his National Socialist Party of America
for the right to parade in Skokie with
swastikas emblazoned on their storm-
THE ILLINOIS Supreme Court
recently overturned a Circuit Court in-
junction against such a march.
Attorneys for Skokie refused to com-
ment immediately on the' latest
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planned a news conference later in the
Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson,
meanwhile, said Wednesday that if the
Nazis marched in Skokie, Jewish lead-
ers should hold a counter-demon-
stration, and he said: "I'll be there.
"WE HAVE GOT to show that they
cannot demonstrate in Skokie with our
moral blessing even if they have the
legal right," Thompson said at an
Israel Bond drive dinner.
Collin was unavailable for comment,
said a spokesman at Rockwell Hall,
headquarters of the Nazis.
"It's a fair and just decision in our
view," said spokesman Mike Whalen.
He said the Nazis will march in
columns three abreast. Each man will
carry a shield emblazoned with the
swastika to protect against the
possibility of thrown objects, Whalen
The ordinances in question banned
the wearing of Nazi uniforms, banned
dissemination of 4"offensive material"
such as banners and leaflets, and
required $350,000 worth of insurance by
groups planning rallies or marches.
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