Elect Or Appoint, You Will decide
|Time after time, meeting after meeting, Mayor
Brookshire and city administrator Dale Hurst have talked of the need to
control the City Treasurer/Recorder's office. Their complaint is that as
long as the position is elected they cannot control what goes on in that
office. And they want control.
The only way they can get control of the office is to eliminate it as an elected position. The only way they can eliminate it as an elected position is a charter change referendum. Council voted on first reading Monday, to place the question on the August ballot. They are set to hold a public hearing and a second and final vote on the question May 26th.
There are those in city government who feel that an
elected Treasurer/Recorder is a problem in that, as an elected official
the council nor the city administrator or mayor have no control over the
office. They feel that as an appointed position they could better manage
or manipulate the office. Those in favor of changing the position to
appointed are claiming that if the council were in charge of appointing
the person who would be in charge of all the city's money, they would be
able to pick a more competent person for the job than the voters.
After all, who would you rather have choosing the person handling millions of dollars for the city? Three thousand voters or three city councilmen? The decision will be yours.