(7/17) The Emmitsburg mayor will retain
his powers to make commission appointments, following a discussion on the issue
at the June 7 meeting.
Town Council President Christopher Staiger
informed the board that he was displeased with the current appointment power
lying solely in the hands of the mayor and wanted to discuss giving the
commissioners the same power.
“The power has been in the mayor’s hand
and he’s gotten people to fill the committees,” Staiger said. “But it seems to
me though that it might be appropriate for commissioners to also have the
ability to make a nomination.”
Staiger explained that the commissioners
are the ones attending the committee meetings and therefore, in his opinion,
might be better apt to know who should be nominated to the committees, which he
said the mayor has not always listened to.
“Honestly, we’ve seen the mayors authority
has sometimes been a roadblock,” Staiger said.
But Mayor James Hoover disagreed and said
“in the six years as mayor there’s only been two individuals that have not been
appointed that were suggested. Ninety-five percent of the time they’re
Staiger did caution against allowing just
any commissioner to make nominations to any committee, and said he appreciated
the separation of powers but “on a practical standpoint this seems like a good
But not everyone agreed with Staiger.
“Personally I like it the way it is,” said
Commissioner Joyce Rosensteel. “It’s the mayor’s choice and he brings it to us
and we vote it in or not and we can make recommendations to the mayor.”
Commissioners Cliff Sweeney and Denise
Etris agreed and said that they we’re OK with keeping the appointment powers
the way they were, despite Staiger’s insistance to change the procedure.
“I ask the people to keep in mind that
things are never so good as when they’re good,” Staiger said. “I know of cases
when qualified people aren’t brought forward because of perceived notions. I
personally think it would be a good move.”
Without the support of the board, Staiger
said there was no point for further discussion on the issue and let it die.
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