Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Corrigan Assigns Council Chairs; He Chooses Old, New Members, Cuts Two Committees

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Corrigan Assigns Council Chairs; He Chooses Old, New Members, Cuts Two Committees

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Byline: BETH KORMANIK

Incoming City Council President Michael Corrigan announced his committee assignments Wednesday, paving the way for what he hopes will be a more efficient and effective year.

In one of his first chances to reward colleagues -- and possibly hurt feelings -- by assigning heads of committees, Corrigan chose a mix of new and old council members for the posts. Like Corrigan, five of the six chairs are Republicans.

His lineup cuts two committees from the current structure and condenses the committee week from three days to two. They will now meet only on Mondays and Tuesdays.

"The goal is to have the council and the committees reflect the community as a whole, and I think that's what we'll see," Corrigan said.

Committees meet the week before the full council meetings and hammer out details of bills before they reach the full council. A bill can be held up in committee for years and can be killed if it doesn't have the four votes needed to make it to the full council.

The new committee structure will begin Monday, July 17.

Corrigan gave the powerful Finance Committee chairman post to outgoing council President Kevin Hyde. That committee will delve into tough work right away: It meets for the first time just days after Mayor John Peyton gives his budget address, and city officials have warned it might be a tough year for the city.

Five out of the seven members previously have served on Finance, and the committee includes two former council presidents, Corrigan noted.

"I tried to make sure the Finance Committee was experienced enough to understand the challenges in front of them," he said, "but also get fresh ideas from those who haven't been on the committee."

The newest members of the council, Richard Clark and Ronnie Fussell, each snagged chairmen posts. Clark will head the Audit Committee, formerly called the Government Operations, Oversight and Human Services Committee. …

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