New role for the county controller

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. 

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.