After lengthy debate, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6–1 to place recommended changes to Charter Article 5 — which governs the Department of Public Utilities —before voters.
A Charter Review Committee formed this spring to address issues raised by the previous CRC recommended multiple changes to the charter. Council voted to approve all the recommendations with only minor amendments to clarify language. They rejected several other proposed amendments.
Councilor Pete Sheehey proposed that a super majority vote be required to remove a board member whether the recommendation had initiated with Board of Public Utilities or the council.
During the Tuesday night meeting, Sheehey also advocated for changing the provision allowing for the removal of a board member for “no confidence” to “for stated cause.” BPU argued that removal should be “for cause.”
Sheehey withdrew the amendment after Councilor Kristin Henderson contended that it could open the county to lawsuits if the cause involved issues that could be detrimental to the board member’s reputation, such as Alzheimer’s disease or substance abuse.