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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/25/14, 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County officials publicly reviewed possible changes to the county charter on Tuesday and will continue the discussion at a date to be determined, with no set timeline for when the changes might be made.

Discussion of the first half of those changes took 2 1/2 hours Tuesday afternoon, leading to tentative consensus among board members on term limits, the selection and removal of a board chairman or chairwoman and other issues.

The intention was to narrow down any areas of disagreement and allow staff members to further research any topic that particularly needed it, said Chairwoman Janice Rutherford, who suggested the charter review.

In contrast to the high-profile charter changes being debated in the city of San Bernardino, proposed changes to the county’s governing document were developed by staff members over the past five months and are limited in their scope.

“The charter has served us well for 100 years,” Supervisor Ron Lovingood said. “What I perceive (a need for) here is language clean-up.”

Other board members favored slightly more expansive changes, and the suggestions cover many sections of the charter.

Supervisor Josie Gonzales, for instance, said she had wished during the scandals of recent years that the charter had prohibited some actions by individual board members and allowed more ability for the board majority to police a misbehaving member.

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