Are the individual Lucas County Commissioners bored or are the individuals collectively a Board? Are the Lucas County Commissioners banging heads or are they head bangers?
A recent Blade newspaper article has reported what seems to be some less-than-satisfactory relationships amongst individual Lucas County Commissioners and the CEO of the Lucas County Improvement Corporation (LCIC).
It is important and very relevant to note that the LCIC is a private non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors, on which sit all three Lucas County Commissioners along with other local elected officials and area business leaders. LCIC has an administrative staff that is answerable to the LCIC Board of Directors. LCIC staff is not answerable to the Board of Lucas County Commissioners or to individual Commissioners.
It also important to note that there is a County Administrator, an Assistant County Administrator, and a very large administrative staff that is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.
I find nothing in the Ohio Revised Code in either Section 305 or Section 307 or any other section of the ORC that gives any authority to individual commissioners in this matter or any other matter. The Board of County Commissioners is a body politic and only has power, authority, and responsibility when convened as a body. There are some instances when an individual Commissioner may sit in an official capacity on other public bodies, but in those instances as in the situation of the Board of County Commissioners, the Commissioner has no individual power. The lack of individual legitimate authority of a County Commissioner is just as valid when one or more commissioners sit on the Board of a Non-profit Organization, as in the case of LCIC.
It seems to me that the staff of the Lucas County Improvement Corporation and the appropriate staff of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners are the people who should be working cooperatively on a daily basis on issues and ventures that are of joint concern to both organizations.
Given the fact that there is professional staff for both entities whose jobs are in the area of concern from which this controversy has evolved, I can't help but wonder why in the world do individual County Commissioners get into the nitty-gritty specifics of administrative functions. It couldn't be political posturing, could it?