The Chamber of Commerce forum last week provided voters a chance to hear first-hand some of the reasons one group thinks we should throw out our current city manager-commission form of government and substitute it with the mayor-council, or strong mayor form.
I don't believe that case was made.
There was an attempt to compare the county and city governments by making one think they are just so similar that you could easily substitute the role of county judge-executive with the role of the mayor in the strong mayor form. That is not comparing apples to apples.
There are substantial differences under state constitution and statutes that stipulate how each operates. The county judge shares executive power among all elected county officials, unlike the mayor in the strong mayor form that does not share executive power with the commissioners.