Posted March 5, 2018
The City Council recently proposed a raise in the mayor’s salary. My first thought was that it was not needed; that the money could be better spent elsewhere. But understanding that the stated purpose of the proposal is to encourage a wider array of talented people to run for the office. If that is the case, I would suggest a change in the charter for Mayor's term of service to two terms, as opposed to three.
A significant obstacle in running for mayor is the challenge related to running against an incumbent. That, and not the pay, is why there are five people currently running for District 4 County Commissioner and one person running for mayor.
I strongly believe that legislative branch positions such as Representatives, Senators, Councilmembers and Commissioners should be more than eight years because they are a part of a body that is much larger and it takes time to make a difference in that body. However, like President and Governor now, executive branch positions such as Mayor should be limited to two terms or eight years.
If the goal is to enhance the community by increasing both the quality and diversity of individuals seeking the office of mayor, then limit the tenure of service to two terms (four years each) or eight years total.
— Grover Robinson