2019 » General Municipal Election » City of Seminole Charter Amendments
No. 3 Charter Amendment – Deleting language allowing the City Council to assign Duties to the City Clerk
Shall Section 3.08 of the City of Seminole Charter be amended to delete language permitting the City Council to assign duties to the City Clerk, which is prohibited by Section 3.06(b)?
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The intention of this amendment is to remove an inconsistency between two sections in the Charter. Currently, in Section 3.06b, titled “Interference With Administration,” the Charter requires that the Council deal with City officers and employees under the supervision of the City Manager solely through the City Manager. However, in Section 3.08, the Charter lists the duties of the City Clerk and states the Clerk shall “perform such other duties as are assigned by the Council.” If adopted, this amendment would clarify that the oversight and assignment of the City Clerk’s duties is the sole responsibility of the City Manager, as stated in the existing Section 3.06b. This organizational reporting hierarchy is typical of a Manager/Council municipal government structure.
A "yes" vote would...
- Remove the inconsistent language within the current Charter to clearly establish the line of authority between the City Clerk, the City Manager and the City Council - specifically, requiring that the City Clerk report directly to the City Manager who, in turn, answers to the City Council;
- Eliminate the potential for conflicts between the Council, the City Manager and the City Clerk over the Clerk’s responsibilities.
A "no" vote would...
- Fail to address inconsistent language within the current Charter, potentially resulting in confusion or conflict over the lines of authority between the Council, the City Manager and the City Clerk;
- Provide no clear remedy should there be disagreement between City Manager and Council Members when assigning or delegating responsibilities to the City Clerk.
- Seminole Charter Review Board
- Seminole City Council
To date, the League of Women Voters is unaware of any published statements of opposition