Panel to re­view form of gov’t char­ter

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE -

Each of New­ton County’s com­mis­sion­ers and chair­man have cho­sen a cit­i­zen to sit on a panel to re­view the county char­ter, which dic­tates the lo­cal form of gov­ern­ment.

The panel will have un­til Au­gust 1 to sub­mit any rec­om­mended changes to the char­ter, which would have to be ap­proved by the Gen­eral As­sem­bly. The board re­cently voted to re­store pow­ers that had been stripped from the chair, but the changes will not be ef­fec­tive un­til Jan­uary, 2017. The in­ten­tion of the cit­i­zens’ com­mit­tee is to up­date the lan­guage of the char­ter and clar­ify any vague points in it.

The panel is as fol­lows: Ron­nie Cowan rep­re­sent­ing the Chair­man; Wes­ley Dowdy rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict One; Mar­cello Banes rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict Two; Glad­stone Ni­chol­son rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict Three; Ju­nior Hil­liard rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict Four; and Buddy Mor­gan rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict Five.

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