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PBC Voters Coalition supports countywide mayor title

by Jennifer Sorentrue | January 14th, 2013

Palm Beach County’s nonpartisan Voters Coalition has endorsed a proposal to start referring to the county commission’s chairman as the countywide mayor.
Bob Newmark, the coalition’s chairman, sent an email to several county commissioners today in support of the title change.
Commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal at a meeting Tuesday.
Newmark said the title change “would more clearly define the communications route to and from the commission.” It would not change the duties, responsibilities or length of term of the commission’s chair, he added.
“We ask that you vote for the proposal,” Newmark wrote in the email.
During a meeting last month, at least two commissioners said they had concerns the title change would create the impression that the position carried responsibilities and powers in addition to those of the largely ceremonial chairman.
Commission Chairman Steven Abrams proposed the name change in early December, saying it would help county residents and out-of-town leaders better understand duties of the job.
The chairman doesn’t have any additional voting power, but does run the meetings and is often asked to represent the board at events. The duties also include signing paperwork on behalf of the commission.


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