Here’s another proposed charter amendment that you will get a chance to vote on at the November 3, 2015 election.
Should Section 3.3 A of the City Charter, relating to the prohibitions regarding public employment by City Council members and City employment by former City Council members, be repealed?
Under the existing charter city representatives cannot hold any other public office or be on a public payroll. They also cannot be employed by the city until they have been out of office for at least a year.
The existing rules avoid the types of conflicts that might occur if a city representative was also a school board trustee or if the county judge also became a city representative.
As far as “City employment by former City Council members” goes it looks like Scrivener is still hard at work. Do they mean to imply that a former city council member can employ the city? Do they mean “City employment of former City Council members”? Would this set up a situation where a city representative voted the way the city manager wanted them to vote and in return the city representative got a city job after leaving office?
We deserve better