The proposal to change the form of Danville’s city government is gathering supporters on both sides of the issue.
A group opposed to the plan has announced it will be educating citizens on why the current form of government needs to stay in place. Alderman Lloyd Randle says the government was formed by a federal judge decision 30 years ago. Randle and fellow council member Brenda Brown are leading the effort to retain the Mayor/Aldermanic government. They feel a proposed City Manager form would give less representation for the public. Brown says the consent decree was designed to give everyone in the city equal representation.
Those seeking to change the form of government say now is the time. Pat O’Shaughnessy is one of the group leaders. He says times have changed since the Danville government was changed in 1987, and a City Manager is needed.
He says the idea of Aldermen elected in 7 wards that was established in 1987 would not change in the new government. Moving Danville Forward is currently seeking signatures to bring the idea of a government change to the November election ballot.