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News - October 24, 2012

Should county controller be appointed or elected?

• Measure C allows voters to alter process of choosing county controller.

by Dave Boyce

With San Mateo County government in its fifth year of annual workshops on the county's structural deficit, and with more workshops expected in coming years, Measure C on the Nov. 6 ballot offers voters an opportunity to weigh in on a related issue: Should the county's chief accountant be elected, as is currently the case, or appointed by the county manager, subject to approval by a super majority — four of the five members — of the Board of Supervisors?

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