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Lee government change to be revisited

February 13, 2007

Lee County--  Some Lee County Commissioners continue to push for a change in government but not every commissioner is sold on the idea.

Commissioners voted 3-to-2 at their last meeting to ask state lawmakers to change the government from county administrator to a county manager form. That would give current County Administrator Alan Ours the power to hire and fire county department heads and take direct employee oversight away from commissioners.

The legislation stalled because the local vote wasn't unanimous. Some commissioners want to reconsider it.

"I'm a firm believer that we should turn our administrator into a county manager and let him do his job and take politics out of it. I mean right now the commissioners manage and we've got more important things to do than managing employees right now," said County Chairman Morris Leverett.

Commissioners Dennis Roland and and Ed Duffy originally voted against the change. Both say they aren't opposed to the change but need more time to study all the facts.

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