A proposal to reorganize the county's administrative structure has some elected officials upset at what they see as a plan that could remove them from the people they serve.
A flow chart of the proposed new administrative structure shows no connection between the people and elected department heads. County elected department heads include the assessor, auditor-controller, clerk/recorder, district attorney, public administrator, sheriff/coroner and tax collector/treasurer.
"We are elected by the voters. We are in the same position as the Board of Supervisors in that respect," county Clerk/Recorder Dolores Provencio said. "If we appear (on the chart) in any position other than that, I don't believe it reflects our autonomy as elected officials."
In his opinion, the management of the old system caused unnecessary delays, Board of Supervisors Chairman Tony Tirado said. Department heads would come directly to the board with budget requests and the board would direct the county administrative officer, now the county executive officer, to take action.