Forsyth city leaders say proposed amended charter will make government more efficient

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Plans are in place as Forsyth city council members are looking to consolidate their workload and amend the city’s charter.

If there’s one word city leaders are thinking about for 2015, it is efficiency. The government is looking to make changes to the city’s charter.

“If city council adopts it and then goes to the state and the state adopts it, then it would become in effect with the governor’s signature,” Janice Hall, the interim city administrator, said.

After working with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Janice Hall, the city clerk as well as interim city administrator, says all council members agree the charter need to be revised.

“So if there’s something that needs to be approved, it currently goes to the city administrator, then it has to go to committee, for committee to make a recommendation to city council, and then it goes to city council for a council’s approval,” Hall said.

She adds one of the biggest changes would be the creation of a city manager position instead of an administrator. The manager would be in charge of hiring and firing all department heads and city employees and preparing the city budget.

“The council will only direct department heads with the expressed consent of the city manager. So that will be a big change to the city of Forsyth,” Hall said.

The city’s interim administrator says this is all going to streamline the way the government does business. So when residents have calls or concerns with their local leaders, there will be a faster response time.

Hall says if the governor doesn’t approve the amended charter, city leaders would have to start over from scratch, but she’s hopeful that won’t happen.”

Council members are holding an open forum for residents Tuesday night at Forsyth City Hall at 6 p.m.

Hall says if approved by the governor, a new city charter could be in place by some time this year.

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