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City rejects strict mayoral rotation rule

Boydston only councilmember in favor of formally rotating

Posted: January 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to reject Councilman TimBen Boydston’s attempt to return the city to a formal mayoral rotation system, as opposed to the majority-vote system that is in place.

Both the city’s mayor and mayor pro tem are chosen via a majority vote by the five members of the Santa Clarita City Council. That system has been in place since April 1999.

Prior to 1999, the city used a rotation system to determine its mayor, where each council member held the position in turn.

Boydston said the rotation system would ensure a more fair and civil form of government.

“This would just to make it a very fair process until such time that the people decide there should be an elected mayor,” Boydston said.

Councilman Frank Ferry said the majority-vote system helped ensure that a mayor, whose views may not align with the majority with the council, would not disregard the will of the majority.

“You can’t have that person as mayor who ultimately can’t support the majority,” Ferry said. “When you lose a 3-2 vote you lose.”

Ferry also pointed out that Congressional leadership is selected the same way and for the same reasons.

Boydston responded that he did not think the city should emulate federal government.

“To use that as your example is poor,” Boydston said.

Ferry responded that the system appears to be working, given the fiscal success of the city.

“I agree, state and federal government is screwed up,” Ferry said. “Our city’s is not.”

 Mayor Bob Kellar and Council members Marsha McLean and Laurene Weste joined Ferry in voting against the motion. Boydston cast the sole supporting vote.


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