WESTMINSTER -- Reaffirming their current draft, members of the Carroll County Charter Board voted last night to propose an appointed executive rather than an elected one and to keep five council members, each elected from a district, rather than seven.
The vote for the appointed executive was 6-3, while the council district vote was 7-1, with one abstention.
Members who voted for an appointed manager based the decision on economics.
"I wonder if the general public is fully cognizant that with an elected executive, you still have to have an appointed executive," said member Neal Powell. "Then you have two top salaries to pay and duplicate staff."
As for maintaining the current council district proposal, members agreed that any decision would meet with disapproval from someone.
"God himself couldn't lay out the lines and have everyone agree," said member Charles W. Fisher Sr.
However, the current proposal does use existing voting precincts and is less disruptive to community boundaries. And residents have considered a five-person county government before.