As of Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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CONYERS -- The Rockdale Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved the final reading of an ordinance amendment that changes the reporting structure for the chief of staff position.
Meeting at the JP Carr Center, the commissioners voted 2-1, with Chairman Richard Oden opposed, to amend the county ordinance that establishes the chief of staff position.
Under the amendment, the duties and responsibilities of the chief of staff largely remain intact, but two elements -- how that person is selected and to whom that person reports -- have been changed.
The chief of staff will no longer report to the BOC chairman but will now be "subject to the direction of the Board of Commissioners."
In addition, the chief of staff will no longer be appointed by the chairman but will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners and will be directly responsible to them.
There was no discussion of the amendment at Tuesday night's meeting prior to the vote.
Commissioner JanNice Van Ness made the motion to make the changes to the ordinance at the June 26 BOC meeting. Following that vote, Van Ness said she believed the change would encourage unification among BOC members because one of the goals of the chief of staff will be to assist with outlining and communicating the board's priorities.
Staff correspondent Aimee Jones contributed to this report.