New role for the county controller

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By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance which transferred more power to the county controller/administrator at its meeting on Sept. 24. County Controller Duties

The ordinance shifted the leadership and supervisory powers of Ingham County Animal Control from Animal Control Director, who acts as the chief financial and administrative officer for the county.

Penelope Tsernoglou, vice chairperson of the law and courts committee, introduced this bill to the board and said the ordinance was designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the county government.

“It will put that department more in line with our other departments who are all also controlled by the county controller,” Tsernoglou said.

At the meeting, long-time board of commissioner member Mark Grebner questioned the board’s approval of the ordinance because it further consolidates power

“You now have eleven or twelve substantial departments which directly report to the controller, and that’s not appropriate,” Grebner said.  “I don’t mean that it’s scandalous or evil or anything else but really, nobody can pay attention to 11 different departments.”
Some departments report directly to the county controller are the road commission, Potter Park Zoo and the Ingham CountyFair Board.

Deb Nolan, commission chairwoman said the reorganization of the county government is already being planned. She hopes to have the reorganization plan ready within one month.

Power will be shifted from Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of the Ingham County Animal Control, to Tim Dolehanty, the county controller. The board of commissioners passed the ordinance unanimously.

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