Emmanuel V. Remy has been vice president of the Northland Community Council for less than a month, and already he's trying to recruit his replacement.

Emmanuel V. Remy has been vice president of the Northland Community Council for less than a month, and already he's trying to recruit his replacement.

Actually, Remy is trying to round up four leaders for what might be termed "super" committees to undertake the work of the council under a restructuring plan he devised last year. The Clinton Estates Civic Association president said he hopes to find Northland residents, some of them not currently active in the community council, who will become leaders far into the future.

"I've already been soliciting people to step forward and take on these positions," Remy said last week.

Under the new committee structure, the development panel, headed by Remy's predecessor as vice president, Bob Thurman, would remain untouched. The NCC's graphics task force falls under the purview of the development committee.

The restructuring was deemed necessary after the number of mostly one-person committees had reached around 20 by last July.

Three of the other committees would have a host of subcommittees aimed at specific projects or goals. The social committee's lone subcommittee would plan the council's annual awards banquet.

Under the operational service committee would be subcommittees working on the bylaws, membership, traffic issues, the council's website, audit, budget and nominating of officers.

The community outreach committee would encompass cultural outreach, education and youth programs, landscape and beautification and public safety.

The Fourth of July Parade, a "heritage" subcommittee, planning "Meet the Candidates" events and recruiting Neighborhood Pride participation in the Northland area would come under the auspices of the special events committee.

"I look at this as an opportunity to find new leadership for NCC in future," Remy said. "We haven't really had an incubator to develop new leadership."

How these main committees would operate, he added, would largely be up to the people who step forward to lead them.

"If they're eager and they show leadership abilities, I'm working with them to define the role of the committee overall," Remy said. "Giving people ownership is always kind of a motivating factor."

The NCC vice president said that he hopes to have all four chairmen or chairwomen of the four new major committees identified by the council's April meeting in order to have their appointments voted upon.

"So that we really can hit the ground running for the year ahead," Remy said.

The key thing, he added, will be finding the right people willing to not only work hard but also stick around.

"I think it will be the groundwork for success long-term," Remy said.

Anyone interested in volunteering for a committee leadership post may call Remy at 453-5007 or e-mail emmanuel.v. remy@gmail.com.