A group in favor of overhauling Lucas County government has gathered 24,498 signatures in support of its effort. Four large boxes full of petitions were turned in to the Lucas County Board of Elections today.
“It’s going to let the voters decide,” said Bob Reinbolt, one of the campaign’s leaders, after delivering the petitions.
The campaign needs about 14,500 valid signatures from registered voters to get the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Board of Elections has 10 days to certify the petitions and to validate the required number of signatures to place the proposal before voters.
The proposal calls for the traditional structure of county commissioners and row offices to be replaced with an elected county executive and an elected county council.
The council would have six district members and three at-large members. It would like to eliminate the elected posts of county commissioner, auditor, coroner, clerk of courts, engineer, recorder, sheriff, and treasurer — only the elected prosecutor would remain. Other county departments would be led by professional administrators appointed by the executive.