|JUNE 12, 2012 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has appointed members to the 2012 Charter Review Task Force, which will focus primarily on three issues:
Term limits for the County's elected officials, who include the County Executive, County Legislators, Sheriff and Prosecutor.
State and county procedures for filing as a candidate for elective office.
The Task Force will present any recommendations for amending the Jackson County Constitutional Home Rule Charter to Sanders and County Legislature no later than Monday, August 6, 2012. That would allow enough time for any proposed amendments to be presented to the voters on the November 6, 2012 ballot.
The Task Force will consider and be guided by the advice of the County Counselor regarding constitutional limitations on charter powers.
In announcing the Charter Review Task Force appointments, Sanders said, "We are grateful to this group of distinguished Jackson County citizens and for the time and expertise these individuals are willing to spend on this important issue. It will truly benefit us all."
When presenting his Executive Order forming the Task Force to Legislators during their weekly meeting Monday, June 11, Sanders stressed this new panel would have a "limited scope" of issues to consider, especially compared to the 2010 Charter Review Task Force. That group two years ago reviewed the entire Charter. Voters overwhelmingly approved the new Charter based on the panel's recommendations in August of 2010.
The 2010 Charter included key updates, including:
No Bid Professional Services Contracts – The Charter now limits the County Executive’s power to award professional service contracts by requiring a competitive bid process for any contract exceeding $5,000. This ensures the best service provider is selected to perform work on behalf of Jackson County. In the past, there have been no limits in the Charter for the Executive in awarding professional service contracts.
Definition of Discrimination – The Charter now broadens what constitutes "discrimination," adding protection to groups previously not protected by the Charter. The revised Charter will add protections against discrimination related to gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and pregnancy status. By prohibiting discrimination based on any of these issues, the 2010 Charter exceeds state and federal protections.
More Efficient, Accessible and Transparent Government – The Charter now allows the County to create a single entity to which citizens can submit complaints regarding the conduct of County officers, employees, volunteers and elected officials by consolidating the Ethics Commission with the Human Relations and Citizen Complaints Commission. This combined commission has a staffed office as support.
Dual Reporting – The 2010 Charter requires any ethics complaint filed against the Executive or a member of the County Legislature to be automatically forwarded to the State Ethics Commission for review and additional oversight.
Automatic Review Every 10 Years – The Charter now provides for an automatic Charter review every 10 years. The review will be conducted by a Citizen's Charter Review Commission. This periodic review requires that an effort be made to keep the Charter updated and adjusted to allow for better County governance. The Charter previously included no automatic process for reviews.
Task Force Members
A civic leader and community activist with over 30 years experience working in health, human services and education. With a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Social Psychology, she is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri and President of Symmetry Consulting, specializing in human services and educational reform management and issues related to workforce diversity and cultural competence.
Currently serves as a municipal judge for the city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and is a practicing partner at Altieri & Kelly. She is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a sixth-generation Missourian, he has served in the United States Army Security Agency. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and the University of Missouri, School of Law at Columbia. He is practiced in the areas of estate and business planning, business succession, trusts, tax and real estate for more than 35 years.
President and CEO of G & H Consulting, she has been serving clients in the public and private sectors for more than 16 years. She has worked with the Kansas City Port Authority, the Jackson County Sports Authority and the State of Missouri. She has also performed work with many organizations in the areas of public outreach, community relations, strategic planning, win-win negotiations and MBE/WBE business plan development.
With more than 30 years of commitment to building healthy communities through the creation of cutting edge public health programs, he has positively changed the face of mental health, prevention and substance abuse services in Jackson County. As the Anti-Drug Program Administrator for Jackson County, he oversaw the implementation of 80 law enforcement, treatment and prevention strategies created by the Jackson County COMBAT program.
A former member of the Missouri General Assembly, District 23 (1972-1980), he has served numerous terms on the Jackson County Committee. He retired after 39 years with Honeywell International in 2007. He served in the Korean War as member of the United States Navy.
As a 29-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local #53, he has extensive experience in grievance and arbitration procedures; negotiating collective bargaining agreements; labor laws and issues relating to healthcare, pensions and workers compensation. He has held various positions within IBEW Local #53 including; Union Steward, Unit Chairman, President and has been a Business Representative for IBEW Local #53 for more than 11 years.
A long-time owner/manager of dairy farms in both Jackson and Johnson counties, he has a long record of public service that includes 16 years as a Jackson County Legislator and membership on the Jackson County Economic Development Commission, the R-7 Lee’s Summit School Board (three terms) and the Little Blue Sewer Board. A member of the Missouri State Republican Committee for 20 years, Dr. Hertzog also worked on the executive boards of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
Owner of Nace Consulting, a WBE Certified Consulting Firm. She is a Project Manager for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Grant for the University of Missouri-Columbia at the Mizzou Center in Blue Springs. She is a former Councilmember for Kansas City, Missouri (1999 – 2007) and the former Vice President of the Raytown C-2 School District Board of Education.