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It was an interesting piece in the Los Alamos Monitor on the machinations of the Charter Review Committee “that doesn’t want a mayor but would prefer a super county council chairman.” This looks like a “weak mayor” form of government but would not subject the position to a vote of the people. The mayor would be a strong council chair who would be chosen for us by the council.
This sounds a bit elitist and it may well be since the CRC consists of former council chairmen and longtime members of county boards and commissions. This type of position would be beholden to the council members and not directly to the electorate.
Rather than have a top official recommended by the committee, there should be a vote of the citizens of Los Alamos, a plebiscite. This would take a charter amendment that would need citizen approval. But, before that we need a simple question on the ballot, “Should Los Alamos have a mayor?” With such a measure there would have to be public debate. Everyone would have a voice.
Questions that would find advocates on either side are:
•Would we be electing a dictator who would not be responsive to the people? If this is a true concern, reasonable recall provisions can be written into the charter.
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