It is important for local government to be flexible in its operations. A single county executive model would allow Allen County to be more nimble and have the ability to move more quickly on key economic development projects. It is imperative that our community have the ability to move quickly when opportunities arise to encourage development and create jobs.
It will also give the single county executive significant flexibility to structure the administrative departments of county government in a way that best suits our local needs. This could improve clarity and reduce ambiguity for county employees as opposed to differing policy viewpoints that arise from having three bosses that have equal authority.
A single county executive is not an uncommon form of government as 28 states and the District of Columbia have elected county executives. Nationwide, over 400 counties have elected county executives. These communities now have a form of government that works best for its needs. I encourage the General Assembly to allow Allen County to modify to a single executive model that will better suit our community’s needs.