Petitioners seek expansion of board of county commissioners

first_imgSome in Clark County say they don’t want to wait for freeholders to determine if the board of county commissioners should expand its ranks.To that end, folks are circulating a petition asking anyone who wants to see a bigger board to sign on.“The freeholder process will take another year and a half,” said Candy Bonneville, a county resident helping to lead the campaign. “And there are no promises (an expansion of the board) will go on the new charter. We’re not optimistic about leaving all our eggs in that basket.”The freeholders are a part of the home rule process being undertaken by the county. Home rule allows voters to change local government in the manner they see fit, as long as it falls within the laws of the state and abides by the U.S. Constitution.To that end, the commissioners have authorized the November election of 15 nonpartisan freeholder positions. The freeholders will then draft a proposed county charter and send it to voters for final approval.Two major changes to county government — expanding the board of commissioners and creating an elected county executive — have been both ballyhooed and maligned by groups within the county.last_img read more