The framework for planning a Macon-Bibb County consolidated government was established Tuesday afternoon.
In 30 minutes, members of a consolidation task force’s committee on committees established the membership of five committees that will roll up their sleeves to settle details of the transition. The task force’s co-chairs, state Rep. Nikki Randall and state Sen. Cecil Staton, named the committee leaders later Tuesday.
“This is a huge task, and the closer we get to up and running the better I feel about it,” Randall said after Tuesday’s meeting.
Randall said she expects Macon and Bibb County department heads will soon begin preparing presentations for the five committees: finance, facilities, technology, human resources and laws. The committees will make recommendations to the task force, which is working to launch a new countywide government in January 2014. The city of Payne City also will be combined into the new government, which was approved by voters July 31.
Randall, Staton, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart will serve as ex-officio members of every committee they’re not actually directly appointed to.
The finance committee will be chaired by retired banker Pearlie Toliver and will include Macon City Council’s Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Ellington; Bibb County Finance Committee Chairman Elmo Richardson; Mercer University President Bill Underwood and Fickling & Co. President Roy Fickling.
The facilities committee will be led by Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce board President Leonard Bevill, and will include outgoing state Sen. Miriam Paris; Macon City Council President James Timley; Richardson and Fickling.
The technology committee will be chaired by Richardson and will include attorney Jeffery Monroe, Sheriff Jerry Modena, Macon Police Chief Mike Burns and Randall.
The human resources committee will be led by Paris, who will serve with Bevill, Burns, Modena and Underwood.
The laws committee will be chaired by Monroe, and will include Timley, Ellington, Toliver and Hart, with two additional ex-officio members: Macon City Attorney Martha Welsh and Bibb County Attorney Virgil Adams.
Randall said the committees will meet as often as their leaders decide. She said it was too early to tell when the first recommendations from the committees would come back to the full task force.
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