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2006 Seattle Elections

General Elections Voters' Guide

Chrtr Am 9-Auditor Appointer and Length of Term - Statement Against and Rebuttal


Statement Against Charter Amendment No. 9


This amendment could compromise the independence of the City Auditor from political pressures. A four-year term puts the auditor on the same cycle as the election cycle of the Councilmembers who appoint her/him. For at least the last year or two, there could be pressure on an Auditor who seeks reappointment to avoid issues that may be politically uncomfortable for members of the Council. A six-year term gives more independence from this political cycle, and was chosen for that reason.

The appointed Auditor was created in the 1990’s to replace the City Treasurer and Comptroller, who were independently elected officials who monitored and reviewed the performance of the Mayor and Council. The State of Washington has an independently elected Auditor. While the Auditor is chosen by the Council, s/he is given a fixed term to preserve as much independence as possible. Reducing the term to four years reduces that independence.

As a Councilmember, I want the Auditor to be a fearless critic who can take on investigations without fear or favor. Even this modest reduction in independence would be a mistake.

STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Richard Conlin, Seattle City Councilmember


Rebuttal of Statement Against


Is the independence of the Auditor enhanced or reduced by this ballot measure?

The amendment does two things: (1) requires a majority of Council, rather than the Finance Committee Chair, to appoint the Auditor; and (2) creates a four - rather than six-year term.

The argument that a four-year term puts the Auditor on the same cycle as Council is flawed. This cycle is subject to change for a variety of causes. The 2005 resignation of Councilmember no. 9 forces two back-to-back elections for this seat—in 2006 and in 2007. In addition, the Auditor’s independence is enhanced by requiring appointment by a majority of Council. If this individual were inclined to respond to political pressure, a single person—the Finance Chair—could exert extraordinary pressure. The selection by entire Council of an Auditor of great personal integrity—such as the incumbent—protects against political pressures. This measure should be supported.

STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Gail Chiarello, Progressive Democratic Caucuses of Washington 46th District (PDCW46), P. O. Box 51164, Seattle, WA 98115. E-mail gailchiarello@comcast.net






General Election Voters' Guide

Introduction

Voter Registration, Polling Places & Absentee Ballots

Seattle Form of Government

Links to Non-Seattle Voters' Pamphlets

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

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Initiative 91 -
Leases to Sports Teams

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

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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

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 7 -
Council Quorum Requirements

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 8 -
Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 9 -
Auditor Appointer and Length of Term

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 10 -
Planning Commission Appointments

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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ChrtrAm 11 -
When Approved Ballot Issues take Effect

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 12 -
Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amendmnt

Statement For
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(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 13 -
Ballot Measure Notification

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 14 -
Clerk Compilation of Ordinances

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 15 -
Change Comptroller to Clerk

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

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

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Statement Against
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(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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