City Commission Could Ask Voters to Change to City Council

The Shelton City Commission will decide next Monday whether to ask voters if they would like to change from the current three-member commission to a seven-member council. This topic has been batted about the past couple of years and Commissioner Tracy Moore asked staff to look into it. During Monday’s City Commission study session, City Manager Ryan Wheaton provided the commissioners with their options for making the change.

There are two viable options that Shelton City Commission could be changed:

1. Council-Manager
Due to Shelton’s population, seven Council Members are required.
Existing Commissioners become Council Members, including Mayor.
Mayor appointed by Council Members.
City Manager serves as City’s Chief Administrative Officer, with City staff reporting accordingly.

2. Mayor-Council
Due to Shelton’s population, seven Council Members are required.
Existing Commissioners become Council Members, including Mayor.
Mayor elected separately from Council Members.
Mayor serves as City’s Chief Administrative Officer, with City staff reporting accordingly.

Shelton City Commission cannot vote to change form of government. That decision must be done by a vote of the people. There are two ways to get the question before voters:

1. City Commissions adopts resolution to put a ballot measure forward proposing a new form of government. Citizens vote at next election.

2. Citizen petition collects signature (10% of last municipal general election) to put a ballot measure forward proposing a new form of government. Citizens vote at next election.

If the City decides to send the question to voters, information will need to be sent to County Auditor 84 days prior to election. The cutoff date for the November 7, 2017 election is before August 15th, 2017. Other potential election dates are in February, April, and August.

The city staff will draft a resolution for the City Commission’s next meeting, 6 PM Monday, July 17th.

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