Columbia, SC (WLTX) - With the vote to decide if Columbia should have a strong mayor form of government three months away the city is having several education forums to inform the public.
Wednesday night's forum had a panel of individuals who are for and against the issue. The panel also explained how a "strong mayor" would assume the daily duties of the current city manager and how there would still be a city council. They also say the city manager would move to a city administrative role.
"Under the strong mayor system you still have the whole city council including the mayor to vote for ordinances budgets and all of those things. What the strong mayor would do is run the departments, if you have a pot hole that needs fixed you call the mayor if the police department is not doing well you go see him," said Henry McMaster, former State Attorney General
"What we need is the mayor to be the leader of the council, set the policy, tell the manager what needs to be done and the manger using their professional qualifications runs the city on the administrative side," said Howard Duvall, former Director of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
There will be more forums to educate the public; a date for the next forum has not been set.