As a project manager using JIRA Cloud, I want the ASSIGNEE field to default to "Unassigned" when I create an issue so that I can assign it to a user at a later time.
I am not sure what version/instance of Jira you have and I am not sure I can help without looking at how it is setup. Is there a way you can reach out to who ever helped you create the project? I see a term called "people" in your screenshot - Can you see if that has any assignments? Another spot I would check would be under Permissions
If you are the admin for your project, yes you can change automatic to unassigned. Yoo do not need sys admin access for change in your project alone. I am not sure how your instance is set up but my recommendation would be that you change it only for your project. Even better, if you can test it out in your QA instance first.
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