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2006 Seattle Elections

General Elections Voters' Guide

Chrtr Am 8-Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads - Ballot Title


Ballot Title


The city council has proposed amendments to Article VIII Section 1, Article XI Section 1, and Article XVI Section 1 of the city charter, and addition of a new section to Article XXII of the city charter, concerning a requirement for council reconfirmation of certain City department heads.

These amendments would require that the heads of the Finance Department, Parks Department and Personnel Department be subject to reappointment by the mayor and reconfirmation by the city council every four years. The heads of these three departments in office when these charter amendments take effect would first be subject to council reconfirmation on February 1, 2011.

Should these charter amendments be

Approved
Rejected


Explanatory Statement

1. The proposal

These amendments would change the charter so that the heads of three City departments established by the charter would be subject to reappointment by the mayor and reconfirmation by the city council every four years.

2. The charter as it currently exists

The charter establishes a number of City departments. It also provides that the heads of five of these departments are to be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by the city council; these five departments are: the Finance Department, the Fire Department, the Parks Department, the Personnel Department, and the Police Department. The heads of these departments do not have specified terms of office and are not subject to reconfirmation by the council.

The Seattle Municipal Code establishes a number of other City departments whose heads are appointed by the mayor, subject to council confirmation. The heads of ten of these departments are also subject to reconfirmation by the council every four years. The departments whose heads are subject to reconfirmation are City Light, the Department of Executive Administration, the Department of Information Technology, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Transportation, the Fleets and Facilities Department, the Human Services Department, the Seattle Center, and Seattle Public Utilities.

3. The effect of these amendments if approved

Article VIII Section 1, Article XI Section 1, and Article XVI Section 1 of the charter would be amended so that the heads of the Finance Department, the Parks Department, and the Personnel Department would be subject to reappointment by the mayor and reconfirmation by the city council every four years. In addition, a new section would be added to Article XXII of the charter to provide that the heads of these three departments who are in office when the charter amendment takes effect will first be subject to reappointment and council reconfirmation on February 1, 2011.





General Election Voters' Guide

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Seattle Form of Government

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Council Position 9

Sally Clark

Stan Lippman

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 1

Edsonya Charles

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 2

C. Kimi Kondo

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3

Ron A. Mamiya

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 4

Judith Montgomery Hightower

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 5

George W. Holifield

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6

Michael Salvador Hurtado

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 7

Fred Bonner

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 10

Jean Rietschel

Referendum 1 -
Adult Entertainment Regulation

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Initiative 91 -
Leases to Sports Teams

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Proposition 1 -
Transportation Funding

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 6 -
Meeting Location in Emergency

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 7 -
Council Quorum Requirements

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 8 -
Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 9 -
Auditor Appointer and Length of Term

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 10 -
Planning Commission Appointments

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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ChrtrAm 11 -
When Approved Ballot Issues take Effect

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 12 -
Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amendmnt

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 13 -
Ballot Measure Notification

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(None Submitted)

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(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 14 -
Clerk Compilation of Ordinances

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 15 -
Change Comptroller to Clerk

Statement For
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(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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ChrtrAm 16 -
Obsolete References to Art. XIX Sec. 10

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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