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County restructuring plan

John McGauley has previously said he wants to eliminate the job he is running for, but apparently he also wants to cut the job he already has too.

McGauley, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Allen County commissioner, on Monday released a proposal for restructuring county government that not only includes reducing the number of commissioners, but merging several other county positions.

One such example is the county recorder and county clerk, which McGauley said could be merged into one office because, “The positions are often confused with one another, causing confusion for taxpayers and for those seeking services.”

McGauley speaks with some experience on the issue, as he is the county recorder. He won a second term in the office in 2010.

The plan also calls for the Allen County Council to take legislative authority for the commissioners and budgetary authority for the township advisory boards, for a county controller to replace the county auditor and treasurer and for the county sheriff to absorb the role of county coroner and hire a qualified director of medical examination.

McGauley faces Commissioner Nelson Peters and William Phillips in the GOP primary. Gordon Anthony is running as a Democrat.