Size matters, and sometimes smaller is better.
The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to reduce the size of its board of directors by more than half.
Following a 54-minute closed-to-the-public session Friday morning, the board voted to send out to members for their comment the recommendation of a task force that the board be trimmed from its present 39 members to 18.
After taking input, the current board expects to vote on the proposal at its March 21 meeting.
If approved, the board would transition to the smaller size over the next three years. Its composition would include four officers, nine members elected for three-year terms, two elected by virtue of their position (one school superintendent, to be rotated annually among the three superintendents in the county and the chairman of the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority); and three directors chosen by virtue of their elected positions (two mayors selected by the county’s nine mayors, plus the chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners).
There would also be nine ex-officio members, including the immediate past chairman of the board, who could vote only in the case of a tie, the other seven mayors and the chamber president/CEO.
The decision to reduce the size of the board came out of the board’s strategic planning retreat last August, where members concluded that the board is too big and is ineffective.