Mayor and Financial Director TWO separate positions

It was recently brought to the attention of the Charter Commission during a meeting that there is some confusion as to how the proposed charter handles the relationship of County Mayor to the position of County Financial Director.

Despite some misinformation going around, the Charter does not combine the two roles.

Rather, the two positions will continue to be separate under the Charter, and the two will continue to operate closely together on county budgeting and financial issues.

The Charter seeks to put down into words the specifics of the budgeting process and provide a blueprint to which both citizens and those within the county government can look to for guidance. Please see below for more details.

Section 3.03. County Mayor Duties

Section 11.05. Zero (0) Based Budgeting

    A.  Each Fiscal Year, the head of each county department, all elected county officials, clerks of courts as well as any other entity requesting money from citizens of Lincoln County and all other county entities or organizations for which the Lincoln County Government is ultimately responsible for their debts, in consultation with The County Mayor (Section 11.04.) and County Financial Director, shall prepare and submit a zero (0) based budget to the County Commission and its committee(s) responsible for reviewing the budget.

Section 11.06. Budget Review Process

    C.  The budget committee is responsible for reconciling the proposed budgets of the individual offices, departments, schools, and other entities that receive funds from Lincoln County with the revenue projections of the County Financial Director to create a proposed annual budget which does not exceed the fiscal year’s revenue projection, while maintaining a minimum five percent (5%) contingency fund.

Section 2.11. Meetings and Quorum

    E.  All notifications of committee meetings and all minutes of committee meetings will be filed with the County Clerk’s office. The Clerk will promptly transmit a copy to the County Mayor and to the Financial Director. The Clerk will notify all commissioners by mail of said notifications and minutes of meetings at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. It shall be the duty of the County Clerk’s office to maintain all Commission and committee meeting minutes in such a manner that the records shall at all times, during normal business hours, be open for public inspection.

Term Limits for Commissioners and County Mayor

The Home Rule Charter set 2 – four year terms for county commissioner and county mayor. They cannot seek election again until out of the office for 4 years.

Policy and budget makers should be citizens who want to do their civic duty but not become career politicians.

No other elected county officials will be affected by the Lincoln County Home Rule Charter term limit requirement.

Found at Section 2.03. Membership and Election.

Found at 3.04. Term, Qualifications, and Compensation.

Adopts TN Strict Conflict of Interest Rule

The director, purchasing agent, members of the committee, members of the county legislative body, or other officials, employees, or members of the board of education or highway commission shall not have any financial interest or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in the purchase of any supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services for the county.

Found at Section 12.03. Conflict of Interest.

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