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Today in COUNCILMANIA: Row offices, Human Relations Commission

City Council resumes budget hearings today. Next up: Independent elected officials, also called 'Row Offices.' That includes the City Controller, Register of Wills, and the Sheriff. Council will also hear from the city's Human Relations Commission.

Today in COUNCILMANIA: Row offices, Human Relations Commission

Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley. (File Photo)
Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley. (File Photo)

City Council resumes budget hearings today. Next up: Independent elected officials, also called 'Row Offices.' That includes the City Controller, Register of Wills, and the Sheriff. Council will also hear from the city's Human Relations Commission.

Some of these row offices-- particularly the Sheriff-- have been a flash point for controversy in recent years, thanks to a series of high profile scandals. Both the reform group Committee of Seventy and budget watchdog Pa. Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority have called for the row offices to be abolished or consolidated.

You can watch the hearings, which start at 10am, live on Channel 64. You can also read PICA's report on the row offices. And here is a link to IOM's recent coverage of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office. We'll also be occasionally tweeting about the budget hearings -- just search for the hashtag #phillybudget on Twitter to find our commentary.

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