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COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 14
Meeting Date: March 28, 2000
Subject/Title: Elimination of the elective office of
Submitted by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approved by: Jon
Elam, City Manager
Discuss and provide, as appropriate,
direction to City staff concerning the elimination of the elective office
At the General Municipal Election held
on April 13, 1982, Measure’s L and M were approved making the office
of Mayor an elective office beginning with the Municipal Election in
1984, and every two years thereafter.
The first election for the office of Mayor was held on November
6, 1984, at which time a Mayor was to a two-year term of office.
On February 11, 1986 the City
Council adopted Resolution No. 86-7 proposing a measure for the elimination
of the elective office of Mayor, and thereby reestablish the procedure
for selection of the mayor by the City Council.
This measure, which was submitted to the voters at the primary
election held on June 3, 1996, was defeated.
Gomes requested this item be added to the agenda.
The City Attorney has prepared the attached report.
Mayor and City Councilmembers
Dennis Beougher, City
Elimination of the
Elected Mayor Position
As a general law city, Brentwood is subject to all the constraints
imposed by general law. General
law establishes the organizational structure of general law cities.
For example, general law cities are normally governed by a city
council of five members, unless a voter approval of a council from four
to nine members by or from districts.
The mayor of a general law city can be selected in either of
two ways: (1) a vote of
the city council appoints a mayor; and (2) upon a vote of the people,
a general law city may establish a directly elected mayor, as has occurred
process for an elected mayor’s office is begun by a city council action
to place a measure on the ballot, the form of ballot language is controlled
by state statutes. The measure must ask if the voters prefer the elected
mayor’s office to have a two-year or a four-year term, although through
a subsequent election the
term can be altered from two to four years, and vice versa.
If the voters approve the measure, one of the council seats on
the next ballot is designated the mayor’s seat and the post is filled
by a subsequent election.
of Office of Elected Mayor
an elected mayor exists, the City Council may ask the voters to eliminate
the office of elected mayor, pursuant to Government Code section 34902(b).
If such measure passes, the office of mayor expires with the
term of its incumbent.
your convenience, Government Code section 34902(b) is provided as follows:
After an office of elective mayor has been established, the city
council may subsequently submit to the electors the question of whether
or not to eliminate the elective office of mayor, pursuant to the procedures
enumerated in this article, and thereby reestablish the procedure for
the selection of the mayor by the city council.
If the majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in favor
of the elimination of the office of the elective mayor, the office shall
be eliminated on the expiration date of the incumbent’s term, and on
the date the procedure of selection of the mayor by the city council
shall be reestablished.
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