Department heads and other elected officials are debating whether to restructure Monroe County government offices.
At a meeting held Monday to discuss the issue, Commissioner Mark Stoops said combining positions that have similar responsibilities is the only way to reduce spending and create a more efficient county government.
“For instance we have financial officers in most departments, we have purchasing agents in most departments, and now those can be centralized,” Stoops says.
County Treasurer Kathy Smith sees problems with the proposal. She says government employees may have similar titles but their responsibilities are often quite different.
“It just doesn’t make sense to pull me out of something that’s working and put me or my folks under them and take the constitutional direction that the state of Indiana has set up for my people outside of my authority when I’m financially responsible,” Smith says.
Smith says she does not support the idea, but she is willing to discuss different possibilities regarding the restructure.
Proponents of the restructure say nothing is concrete and they encourage department heads, government employees, and the public to offer input to city officials.