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To gain insight into the potential restructuring of Los Alamos County government, Charter Review Committee members met with Executive Director William Fulginiti of the New Mexico Municipal League.
On Jan. 24, the Structuring of Government Subcommittee, which includes all members of the Charter Review Committee, spoke with Fulginiti in Santa Fe. Committee member Morrie Pongratz said the group discussed various forms of county government and that Fulginiti reviewed a number of New Mexico structures such as mayor/council and mayor/manager/council.
Fulginiti also discussed a strong mayor versus a weak mayor form of government. A strong mayor does not sit on council but has veto power. A weak mayor is a residing officer who has no veto power and does not vote other than to break ties. A middle ground structure would be one in which a mayor votes all the time, Fulgniti said.
The possibility of including a mayor in Los Alamos County government was just one issue the committee is addressing. Having council members represent districts and removing partisan elections in favor of nonpartisan elections were also discussed.
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