- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - A committee has recommended an 11-member commission could reshape Pointe Coupee Parish government through the creation of a home rule charter would likely be made up of no more than three members from the parish’s Police Jury.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1IkjQvD) the Selection Criteria Committee, made up of police jurors, also recommended letting any jurors not serving on the Home Rule Charter Commission to fill the remaining seats through single-member appointments.

Tuesday night was the first time the Police Jury’s Selection Criteria Committee met after the Police Jury last week adopted a resolution to create a Home Rule Charter Commission over the next 30 days in an effort to transition the parish from a police jury form of government to a parish president and parish council system.

Much of the discussion during the committee’s first meeting was spent on how the Police Jury would populate the charter commission.

“I don’t think we need any jurors,” police jury member Glen Ray Cline said during the early part of Tuesday night’s discussion. “I think jurors need to stay out of this. I’ve looked at other parishes and none of them had any jurors on their commissions.”

Charter commissions are tasked with developing the policies and procedures by which a parish president and parish council will govern. The commission also paints the picture of how the parish government will look by determining how many seats will be available on the parish’s legislative body.

The charter commission will have up to 18 months to draft a charter the Police Jury is required to present to voters through a parish-wide election.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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