Help solve county’s problem

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Shelby County Commissioners face a huge problem.

The potential for a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the county’s nine-member governing body looms closer each day.

A court-mandated remedy could send the county back to a four-member commission with the probate judge at the helm. And that could happen in short order.

County attorney Butch Ellis told commissioners during the past week that going from nine to four would mean chaos in Shelby County.

It is the responsibility of our commissioners, the probate judge and our legislative delegation to ensure that does not happen.

Ellis has explained that complete agreement on a solution is absolutely necessary if a legislative remedy is to be reached.

Commissioners and the probate judge appear to be willing to work toward that end.

Now, it’s up to the Legislative Delegation.

Let’s talk to our delegation and use our influence as the citizens they represent to encourage them to help solve this problem quickly and finally.

With our current growth and the growth that is still coming our way in the next 20 years, we must maintain a working government in Shelby County.

Chaos is just not acceptable.

We expect all of our leaders to take whatever steps are necessary to keep Shelby County at the top