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Report for Cuyahoga Government Reform Complete

After deliberating for three months, the nine-member panel last week recommended a variation on Cuyahoga County's current three-commissioner model, in which a board of commissioners president - elected by voters - would have sole executive authority subject to approval by the other two.

Speaking on 90.3's the Sound of Ideas, commission member and Pepper Pike mayor Bruce Akers stopped just short of saying the recommendation of the commission was watered down.

Akers: "I am concerned that what we are recommending, while certainly progress, and definitely a step in the right direction I could not in good conscience vote for because I didn't think it went far enough."

Akers said he and Jerry Hruby, a commission member who is also mayor of Brecksville, wanted a single elected county executive and county council.

The two agree with a part of the plan that would change some elected offices to appointed positions, and consolidate the duties of others.

The panel's proposal is now in the hands of the governor and legislative leaders for review. If they act on it, it would go to voters for their approval.

Kymberli Hagelberg, 90.3

The full report can be found on a link on our web site, wcpn.org.