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Snohomish begins process to change its form of government
December 18, 2016
This report was first published Dec. 15 in the Chronicle's Breaking News column
Snohomish City Hall.
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- In response to the final outcome of the vote count for Proposition 2 on the November ballot, the Snohomish City Council began on December 13 to take steps that will enact the change of government authorized by the voters.
Prop 2, which was approved by a squeaker of a margin - 11 votes - requires a change in the form of City government from Council-Manager to Mayor-Council.
The "essential aspect" of the change is a requirement for voters to elect a mayor who will serve as the chief administrator of the City, according to a city statement released this week.
The filing period for candidates will likely be scheduled for June 2017.
The first step in the process is to establish an election date for Mayor. After citizen comment urging delay for the election, the City Council decided to schedule the initial vote on the primary election ballot of August 1, 2017.
A runoff election would subsequently be held on November 7, 2017, that would decide the Mayor’s election.
The City Council also approved an ordinance establishing the position of City Administrator, an optional position that the elected Mayor may decide to fill after his or her election in November 2017.
The City Council would be responsible for approving any employment contract for a City Administrator.
Discussed, but not acted upon by the City Council on December 13, was an ordinance establishing the salary for the new Mayor position. The Council is expected to continue its discussion of the Mayor salary at its next scheduled meeting on January 3, 2017.
That meeting will be held at the Carnegie building, 105 Cedar Avenue at 7:00 p.m.