On a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to direct County Counsel to prepare an ordinance which repeals the 2007 interim governance ordinance and provide recommendations to develop a streamlined governance structure which eliminates unnecessary layers of management.
“The interim governance structure adopted in 2007 was bloated and ineffective,” said Mayor Antonovich. “Since we removed some of its prohibitive aspects in September of last year, these changes have improved the Board’s ability to establish policy and ensure effective service delivery; and we have increased communication and collaboration on vital County issues.”
In 2007, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance establishing an interim governance structure for the County which created a “Chief Executive Officer” (CEO). However, an unintended consequence was an increased distance between departments and the Board of Supervisors thereby reducing accountability to County residents.
The County Counsel will report back in 60 days with its recommendations for the new governance structure.