County Board changes meeting times starting in April

New schedule aimed at attracting younger candidates

After years of fruitless debate on the County Board floor, county supervisors this week agreed to change the start time for board meetings beginning in April, with expectations it could broaden the pool of potential County Board candidates.

All board meetings will begin at 3 p.m. starting with the County Board’s reorganizational meeting in April.

The current structure of 9 a.m. meetings during the winter months alternating with a 6 p.m. start time the rest of the year has been in place since 2004. Prior to that time, nearly all meetings were at 9 a.m.

The schedule has been an annual point of contention when County Board rules were up for approval every year.

Those pushing for a change have argued that the current schedule has discouraged younger citizens and those with full-time jobs from running for county office.

Most current County Board supervisors are either retired or self-employed.

Part of the rationale for the 3 p.m. start time argued at Wednesday’s County Board meeting was that those with full-time jobs wouldn’t have to take a full day off to attend a meeting.

All 27 County Board seats are up for reelection in April. Candidates can start circulating nomination papers in December.

Previous efforts to change County Board start times ended with a divided board, but Wednesday’s proposal passed by a vote of 24-1, with two supervisors absent. Supervisor Marvin Klosterman cast the sole no vote.