Saginaw County Commissioners support proposed legislation in Lansing to double their terms.
Legislative Committee Chairman James Theisen says two years is not enough to get a handle on a difficult job. He said by the time a commissioner learns the job, the next election could end the commissioner’s post.
Theisen said getting up to speed on approving a multi-million dollar budget is also a task that takes time to understand.
The proposal is before the state legislature now. It would have a county commissioner serving a four year term instead of the current two year term. One issue to be resolved is whether to hold the county election in a presidential year or during the mid-term elections.