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A transition team is already forming as the clock starts ticking down to Dec. 1, 2014, the day the county's first executive and council members are to take charge. The Tuesday success of a county charter--which unofficial election results show was approved by a margin of 62 to 38 percent--triggered the shift away from the current government model, one headed by five commissioners.
The commissioner is a dying breed in Frederick County. When the charter takes effect in 2014, the Board of County Commissioners will give way to an executive and a seven-person council.
In December 2014, Frederick County’s government will change radically with the swearing in of a county executive and County Council after voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the move to charter government after years of failed efforts.
Change is on the way in Frederick County.
After failed attempts in the past, voters overwhelmingly approved a charter form of government in Tuesday's election with 62 percent in favor. With all precincts reporting, county home rule was successful by a 58,751-to-35,443 vote.
County voters overwhelmingly approved moving from a commissioner form, with five members of equal power, to a charter form, with a county executive and a seven-member county council.
If you vote to approve Question A, the charter of Frederick County, you will help produce a more efficient and responsive government for our community. The volunteers who crafted this charter wisely chose a hybrid model that includes both districts and at-large members of the county council.
The whole charter discussion is a great one for a community, making people think about how their current form of representation is working and how changes might bring benefits or drawbacks.
Citizens will be better able to assign responsibility for government action or inaction than with commissioners pointing the finger at one another or at state legislators.
A recent poll shows that Frederick County voters agree -- by nearly 2-1 -- that an elected county executive would bring better management and greater efficiencies to Frederick County government. The charter form of government would guarantee that "the buck stops here" with a county executive who would be accountable to voters.
Democratic Delegate Galen Clagett and Republican Senator David Brinkley come together in an Ad published in the FNP, supporting Charter form of government for Frederick. "We don’t agree on everything, but there’s one thing on which we both agree: Frederick County deserves more control over our local decisions, a more efficient government, and a stronger voice in Annapolis."