I have been keeping abreast of the proposal by new county Executive Officer Ann Capela to revamp the Board of Supervisors meeting schedule from once per week to twice per month, remove the chairman's Monday committee meetings and replace them with twice per month Monday meetings consisting of the full board.
I would hope the board would not make any decision until the three new members (the majority of the board) and the new CEO have had adequate time to evaluate the procedure in place for many years that has served the board, the departments and the public (voters) well. I would recommend one year before any consideration of change is made, even a trial period.
Ms. Capela came from Walworth County, Wisc., with a total budget of about half of Imperial County's annual budget of almost $200 million and about half the population of Imperial County. Wisconsin has a different county governing structure than California. The Walworth County Board of Supervisors consists of 35 part-time members, seven elected executive officers and an administrative coordinator (the position Ms. Capela held). Walworth County has an elected judiciary. California's 58 counties (except for San Francisco County) have a governing structure of five elected members on a Board of Supervisors (full-time for Imperial County). Other elected officials include the district attorney, sheriff, auditor-controller, assessor, treasurer-tax collector, county clerk-recorder and the judiciary. The supervisors, sheriff, district attorney, assessor and judiciary are the only positions required to be filled by election. The others are optional by each county and may be appointed by the supervisors after approval of the electorate.