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      Exclusive: Group wants Lucas County to dump commissioners

      A study group made up of community leaders wants Lucas County to end its use of county commissioners, according to a draft version of the committee's recommendations obtained exclusively by WNWO.

      The group recommends getting rid of the government currently used and replacing it with system based around a county executive and nine-member county council, according to the document. Those positions would be elected directly by the people.

      Under the new charter system, the group would like to combine the county auditor, treasurer and recorder offices to create a new appointed position, Chief Fiscal Officer, the documents show.

      The study, which claims to have received no public money, started its work in summer 2010 and looked at the economic growth of similar sized counties around the region. In its report, the study committee argues a county executive/council government would allow Lucas County to become more competitive economically.

      Switching to a charter system would need approval from Lucas County voters.

      An official release of the study's findings could come as early as Thursday.

      What do you think Lucas County should do? If switching to a county council and county executive system would cost money, do you think voters should approve it? Why do you like/dislike the county commissioner system being used now? What about the timing of the announcement? Sound off below and on our WNWO Facebook fan page. We want to hear from you!