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Monroe County Employees Debate Restructuring Plan

Commissioner Mark Stoops says a restructuring plan would help reduce inefficiencies.

Monroe County building

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Some county employees say the restructuring plan is not necessary.

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.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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