Four former city council members Monday told a public forum that the form of Danville government should be changed. They favor the city going to a City Manager/aldermanic government.
Jerry Askren, Nancy O’Kane, Fred Pancoast and Bill Black spoke at the meeting which had some 80 attendees. They said that running a city is a complex job. Black said Danville needs a highly trained administrator to run it Jerry Askren said the proposed change is not a reflection on those who have served as Mayor.
Nancy O’Kane said the City Manager form of government has been proven in many other cities. Since the aldermen would hire the city manager, it would give them new authority and be more responsive to the public’s needs. The current form of government was begun in 1987 by a federal court decision. Former Alderman Fred Pancoast says that the form of government was changed without a vote, and now the public gets a vote.
The group called Moving Danville Forward got a referendum to change Danville government on the upcoming November ballot.