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For those who are comfortable with the current council manager form of government there is no need to read further. However, for those who can see a better future for Los Alamos lets work to improve things.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why a mayor would be good for Los Alamos.
First, there is accountability to the citizens of Los Alamos. One person elected by the people would be the contact to whom one could go to express their concerns, not seven different ones that would have to form a consensus before anything gets done.
The council diffuses responsibility and therefore accountability. The council always relegates responsibility to the county manager but he only answers to the council. A mayor could not hide behind a council or a manager. The Federalist form of government as exemplified by the U.S. model separates the executive and legislative functions and it is our historically best functioning form. The decisions of the electorate notwithstanding.
In a manager-council form of government, the manager is there to maintain the status quo and not to innovate. As long as the council is satisfied everything goes smoothly. The manager orchestrates the functions of the council. A mayor would have his own functionality and the council would be a legislative body where each would provide a check upon the other.
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