By Herman Wang
Chattanooga City Council members likely will revisit in July a proposed charter amendment they tabled last week that would change how the EPB board of directors is appointed.
EPB, formerly the Electric Power Board, is governed by a 5-member board of directors who serve five-year terms. Members now are nominated by the current EPB board, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Under the proposed charter change, the mayor would appoint new EPB members on his own, subject to council approval. EPB directors are paid $100 a month.
“We want the Power Board to come down and tell us why their method of appointments should be different than all the other boards in the city,” Councilman Jack Benson said. “There’s a strong element of self-perpetuation there.”
But Councilman Leamon Pierce said he doesn’t support the amendment.
“They have the expertise. They can better select who’s the best person to serve,” Mr. Pierce said. “The whole thing is politics.”
If approved, the charter amendment would be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot for a voter referendum.
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