Johnson County Charter Commission begins debating proposals to change county government

Johnson County Charter Commission

The Johnson County Charter Commission, a body convened once a decade to discuss the county's home rule charter, has begun debating specific proposals to change county governance. On Monday, the body voted down a proposal to make county clerk, register of deeds and treasurer elected positions. File image.

A proposal to make the county clerk, register of deeds and treasurer into elected offices failed to advance during the first round of voting Monday as the Johnson County Charter Commission began to sort through fifteen amendments proposed by its members.

The amendment, offered by Wendy Bingesser, fell one vote short of the nine needed to keep it alive. Amendments that are approved by the Charter Commission ultimately will go before voters in a countywide vote.