Ohio County's Redo Envisions Elected Executive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- Details are emerging in Cleveland on a proposed remake of Cuyahoga County government, envisioning an elected executive and an 11-member countywide council.

The draft proposal released Monday was drawn up in response to concerns about alleged political corruption, patronage and a bloated work force in Ohio's most populous county.

Any change in Cuyahoga County's current democratic-controlled three-member commission government would require voter approval.

It would take 45,000 petition signatures to get the proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot.

One critic of the plan, East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer, says the proposal would concentrate power in an elected county executive and prosecutor Bill Mason.

Mason calls the mayor's concerns irrational.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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