Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM.

Crestview uses an antiquated charter, as much has changed in municipal administration in the past 90 years.

Under a proposed charter, the council would appoint a city administrator in a salaried full-time position. Second, council would appoint a city clerk, now an elected position. 

Concerns include whether this is a power grab by the council, whether the mayor’s role would become ceremonial, and the notion that hiring a city administrator would be expensive.

Currently, the City Council can appoint department heads. Under the proposed charter, council could appoint department heads only with the city administrator’s recommendation.

Currently, the council president serves as mayor, should the occasion arise, for an unspecified time. Under the proposed city charter, the council must appoint a mayor within 30 days, with the council president serving in the interim. Also, the current charter states that council members will fill a vacant council position by appointment. The proposed charter says it must be done within 30 days.

So (if the measure’s approved), the mayor is no longer over public safety? 

Partially, this has always been true. The mayor’s position was never intended to be full time, although the last few retired mayors have treated it as a full-time job. Should the next mayor be retired, I have no reason to think that would change, regardless of which charter is used. 



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