AMENDING ARTICLE 3, SECTION 301(A),(B),(C),(D,), 302 AND 305. ADDING SECTIONS 300 AND 306, AMENDING ARTICLE 4, SECTION 401(C); MESA CITY CHARTER RELATING TO THE ELECTED POSITION OF CITY MANAGER. ADDING ARTICLE IX SECTION 902 SUBSECTION (A)7; RELATING TO OBEDIENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION FOR ALL CANDIDATES, OFFICEHOLDERS AND EMPLOYEES.
Be it enacted by the People of Mesa:
"DIRECT ELECTION BY THE PEOPLE / PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
ARTICLE III CITY MANAGER
SECTION 300: ELECTION, INTENT, ENACTMENT
Due to the direct influence on the tax rates and lives of the citizens of Mesa that the position of City Manager has, We the People of Mesa hereby declare that from this day forward we wish to have direct and constant influence on the person(s) holding this office.
therefore, instead of being appointed and publicly unaccountable, an election shall take place every two years during the council election, for the people in Mesa to decide who will best represent this independent office.
AFTER THE initial ELECTED TERM, A vote of the people at large shall be held every two years at the same time councilmembers are elected. Every candidate and officeholder shall strictly observe the rights of the people as specifically enumerated in the U. S. and Arizona Constitutions.
Section 301: ELIGIBILITY, TERMS, COMPENSATION, AND ELECTIONS
Section 302: REMOVAL
Section 305: ACTING CITY MANAGER
By letter filed with the City Clerk, the Manager shall designate a qualified City
employee, and an alternate, to become Acting Manager in the event of his temporary absence
exception - in the event of a recall, election procedures in the constitution of arizona shall prevail.
SECTION 306: OTHER REQUIREMENTS
These provisions are self-executing. No future legislative or administrative act shall diminish, reduce, or impair these provisions.
Severability. If a provision, sentence, or word of this Act or
its application is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable. In any court challenge to the validity of this article, any resident of Mesa has standing to defend its provisions in a court of competent jurisdiction. If any portion of this text is lawfully declared invalid after becoming law, all portions remaining in as much as possible shall remain in full force and effect, to enforce the language and intent of this act.
The City Charter is amended hereby. All parts of sections in conflict with these provisions are hereby repealed:
ARTICLE IV DEPARTMENTS,
OFFICES, AND AGENCIES
Section 401: APPOINTIVE OFFICERS
(C.) CITY MANAGER.
ARTICLE IX GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 902: PROHIBITIONS & PENALTIES
(a)7. ALL candidates, officeholders, and city employees shall strictly observe the rights of the people as specifically enumerated in the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions. No person(S) may violate this important provision."
Be it enacted as well by the people of Mesa, that all text in the quotes above shall appear in the ballot and Publicity Pamphlet, with the same layout, spacing, and wording as this original.
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