Sep 9 2007

Each September a new Chairman is picked. Or re-picked. Dr. Ramsey has been the chair for the last 5 years, if memory serves. Before that, Steve Samples was the Commission Chair for a really long time.

Given that there seems to be some consensus on this site that things aren't going quite as we would like them to in Blount County gov't, how important do you think this position is? Should we keep our fingers crossed that Bob Ramsey gets the job again, or are there others who could somehow influence some positive change?

Who would you ask YOUR commissioners to vote for for Commission Chair?

To refresh you on the options, here is a link to the commission: ((link...)).

Note: This vote will take place at the September 20th meeting.

We do need your feedback!

Thanks, Local, for mentioning this. And you're absolutely right. We do, in fact, consider committee assignments every September, as well as the chair of each of those committees. Though this is only my 2nd September in office, I've been told that there are typically few changes, unless a commissioner has a particular interest in either coming off of or joining a particular committee.

One thing to keep in mind when you're considering who you might like to see chair the commission (or subcommittees), is the role they do and do not play in that position. A committee chair needs to be adept at running a meeting, that is, staying on task, following the agenda, keeping things moving forward in a fairly efficient manner, following procedures, and handling potential conflicts. A committee chair does NOT, however, participate in the debate on any particular issue. If he or she wishes to join in a discussion, s/he must first allow the vice-chair to temporarily take over.

There are benefits to serving as chair, and there are benefits to not serving as chair. So, keep that in mind, and let me know what you think.

In particular, I'm interested in your feedback on chairs for the Intergovernmental Committee, the Public Service Committee, and the full Commission. Because I'm currently chairing the Ethics Committee, I would be interested in your feedback on that as well. (The other two commissioners on that committee are Ron French and Joe McCulley, both outstanding men whom I respect and admire.)

So, after you've studied this a bit, let me know what you think.

And thanks,

Wendy Pitts Reeves, L.C.S.W.
Blount County Commissioner, District 4, Seat C

well HELLO Commissioner!

Glad to see you here! Thanks for the info on the Chairs' jobs. This puts a new light on the subject. Now that I have deleted all the snide comments about who I would most like to see shut up I have a real serious question for you.

Whose responsibility is it to see that committees which are required to give monthly reports have their minutes put into the Full Commission Agenda? Not just the standing committees but the boards and other committees that the county has created either through Private Acts or by accepting the rules of the State. Is it the Chair of the Commission, the actual committee/board Chair or a secretary in the Commission office?

Let me make this clear. I know the law requires certain committees/boards to report much more often than they do. What I would like to understand is who is responsible for these reports not getting on the Full Commission agenda.

Committee Reports

And hello to you, Mello!

It is probably obvious that I have finally figured out how to navigate this site. :)

In answer to your question, all I have to go on is my own experience on the Education Committee, where I have served as secretary for the past year. In that role, I'm responsible for taking minutes and seeing that they get to the Commission secretary (Rhonda Pitts) in time for inclusion in the next commission packet. Sometimes I'm pretty quick about it, sometimes I'm not, but I see it as my responsibility to get those to her.

There are a number of standard committee 'reports' that are in our packet each month (those from the Education Committee, Risk Management Committee, Human Resource and Insurance Committee, Planning Commission, etc.). What I do NOT know is which committees are required to report (i.e., submit their minutes) and which are not. Those that appear most often are the standing sub-committees of the full commission.

Hope that helps,

Wendy Pitts Reeves, L.C.S.W.
Blount County Commissioner, District 4, Seat C

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