Nutter Now Two For Three With Council On Charter Changes

Two of three Charter changes proposed by Mayor Nutter are now moving forward but the third remains stymied and will not make it onto the April 22 primary election ballot.

Council's Law & Government Committee this morning voted in favor of legislation that would allow city department heads to add up to 10 deputies when they take power. The Charter currently limits that number to two.

Nutter last week testified in favor of his legislation, which would have allowed a limitless number of deputies to be named. The Committee, after negotiating with Nutter's staff, amended that this morning to limit the deputies to 10, with only four allowed to move into the city to take jobs with a new department head.  That eases concerns from municipal unions about newcomers coming in to take all the top jobs.

Nutter's legislation to make the city's Inspector General an independent office with a budget of at least $1 million a year remains mired in Council concerns about duplicating efforts by the District Attorney's Office and other agencies.

Nutter's chief of staff, Clay Armbrister, said the mayor is will negotiating with Council.  But by missing a first reading today, that legislation won't be ready in time for the April 22 ballot.