Pontiac, Michigan, March 20, 2012 -- Oakland County's Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson released the following statement today:
"On the heels of two top Oakland County Democratic Party officials being convicted of numerous felonies involving various frauds during the last general election, it's incredulous that Frank Houston, who replaced one of the convicted felons as chair of the Oakland County Democrats, wants Oakland County residents to continue to entrust unelected and unaccountable party bosses with the duty of drawing election districts."
"It was and is appropriate for responsible elected Oakland County officials to step forward on behalf of voters to reform the process so decisions and votes will be cast by elected officials who must deliberate in public as required by the Open Meetings Act, and whose records are open to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, just as the State of Michigan does. Mr. Houston and Oakland County Democrats should cheer the transparency and sunshine Act 280 brings. What are they trying to hide?"
"Additionally, Oakland County government has a continuing responsibility to taxpayers to reduce the size and cost of government in a fair manner to live within our means. Virtually every department in the county and the other county-wide elected officials has shared the burden of reductions. It is time for the Board of Commissioners to step up and accept their fair share."
"Our responsible Board leadership recognized this opportunity to lead with Public Act 280 which provided a vehicle to continue the county's reduction efforts by reducing the size of the Board of Commissioners from 25 to 21, saving taxpayers $2.5 million over the next decade. This is a good thing. Mr. Houston needs to explain why he thinks the Board of Commissioners should enjoy job guarantees not available to any other county department."
-Gerald Poisson, Chief Deputy County Executive
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