KnowExtremist, a commenter, adds this bit of history of Jack Franks’ usurping County Board members’ authority:
Additionally, the former Management Services committee, which was traditionally charged with Rules rewrites at the beginning of each new two year Board term, was thwarted in its attempts to write Rules changes which would have tried to address some of the Franks maneuvers, such as specifying that ad hoc committees could not be created without Board approval.
However, each time the committee tried to put the item on their committee agenda, it was prevented by Franks directing Peter Austin not to list it in the online meeting notices.
This was a clear violation of Board Rules as interpreted by the States Attorney.
Nevertheless, it persisted, with Austin refusing to follow the committee directives.
A Special Meeting could have been called but by that time it was apparent that Franks would have enough votes on the now cowed full Board to introduce amendments from the floor that could give him even more powers while defeating attempts to curb his powers, so the effort was abandoned.
You have to give the guy credit.
He is a Master.