Well the Lehigh County Commissioners organizational meeting was last night. Just a hand full of people attended. The meeting kind of went like this.
Percy Dougherty nominated Dean Browning for Chair person
Andy Roman nominated Glenn Eckhart for Chair
Commissioner Browning gave a speech as to how well he has handled the job of Chairman for the last year. Which included his attendance record. Which was better then mine since I missed one meeting. He also mentioned that, he did conduct the meetings, in a professional manner. I would call it, like a Dictator., but that is just my take on it. Commissioner Dougherty had the same demeanor, when he was Chair. Must have something to due with a power trip. I'm not sure. He further indicated that, he had worked closely with the Administration, over the past year. That may be the case, but we still have a 16% tax increase. Perhaps, he should have worked harder. I can't say for sure, if he could have done anything to prevent the increase. Except, maybe during the budget meetings.
Commissioner Eckhart made a short speech. He suggested that commissioners be give more time to review bills before the first reading. That the Commissioners should be addressing next years budget, starting now, to try and prevent last years budget turmoil. He also suggested that a committee of commissioners be formed to see what Charter changes should be implemented.
The Vote for Chair:
Dean Browning: Creighton, Dougherty, Hamm,McCarthy, Hensell and Browning
Glenn Eckhart: Jones,Roman and Eckhart
Nominations for Vice Chair:
The Vote for Vice Chair
Bill Hensell: Hamm,Hensell,Jones,McCarthy and Browning
Andy Roman: Creighton,Dougherty,Eckhart and Roman
Bill Hensell will be appointed to the Administration Committee as well as being Vice Chair.
Gloria Hamm complained, that a lot of back room, cut throat, politicking had been going on leading up to this meeting, that she was not happy about.
My perspective is, that Dean Browning really wanted this Chairmanship and may have been pushing hard to get it. This might go back to his vote on the 2011 budget were he was the deciding vote on the County Executives Budget. I do wish he had voted, for Andy Roman, for Vice Chair. My thought would be that He, Andy and Bill would have made a good team, to work with the Administration on next years budget.
We shall see