Vivian Sade | The Journal Gazette

NEW HAVEN – It was easy to tell how some people felt about an initiative to change the structure of Allen County government at a forum Wednesday.

The group Advance Allen, which supports the move from three commissioners to a single county executive, handed out literature on the right side of the doors leading into the auditorium of Park Learning Center.

A group called No to One SCE (single county executive) was on the opposite side, handing out stickers and decals.

Voters will be asked to decide the matter Nov. 4. If passed, the referendum would replace the three county commissioners with a single elected executive, chosen in November 2018 and taking office in January 2019.

In addition, the County Council would increase from seven members to nine, each representing a specific district.

While the county executive would have executive power, all legislative and fiscal powers would be delegated to the County Council. Currently the commissioners have both executive and legislative power, and the council is the fiscal body.

Nearly 100 people attended the debate, which was moderated by Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.


POSTED: 08/28/14 at 6:43 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News