By Steve Schuster
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has asked the Council County to approve a request to grant County Administrative Officer Fred Homan the power to sign various legal documents, including country contracts.
Kamenetz outlined his request in a Jan. 5 letter to the County Council, which was discussed at the council’s Jan. 11 work session.
Under the county charter, legal documents issued by the county are required to be signed by the County Executive. But, according to county government officials, the county charter allows the county executive the power to delegate this responsibility — if the council approves the executive’s request.
Other county executives in the past have delegated the same responsibility to the county administrative officer, according to Ellen Kobler, spokeswoman for Kamenetz.
“This authority has been held by the office of the county administrative officer through three administrations.”
If the council does approve Kamenetz’s request on Jan. 18, Homan would be empowered to sign certain documents, including the approval of contracts. But, he wouldn’t be able to sign off on council legislation or bond documents.
Also at the council’s Jan. 11 work session, the executive’s office, through Homan, asked the council to approve George Klunk, who has been acting director of the county’s Office of Permits and Development Management, to serve as acting director of Economic Development.
Klunk would take the post vacated by David Iannucci, who Kamenetz did not reappoint.
The temporary appointment would last 60 days — unless another request is sent to the council for a permanent appointment.
The executive’s office has asked the council to extend the appointment of Mike Mayhew, acting director of the county’s Planning and Zoning Department, for an additional 60 days. Mayhew’s temporary appointment is slated to expire prior to the council’s next work session in February, according to a county government official.