THE VOTERS BALLOTS DID NOT APPROVE THE STRONG MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT

Most “strong” mayors are in the mayorcouncil form of government, and are directly elected by citizens to that office. THIS DID NOT PASS BY THE VOTERS SO THE CHARTER REMAINS

Most “weak” mayors are mayors in a councilmanager form, and are elected from within the city council.

We do not have a strong mayor form of government:

Characteristics of a “strong” mayor:

  • The mayor is the chief executive officer, centralizing executive power.
  • The mayor directs the administrative structure, appointing and removing of department heads.
  • While the council has legislative power, the mayor has veto power.
  • The council does not oversee daily operations. 

THIS IS OUR WEAK MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT PER THE WHITE SPRINGS CHARTER:

Characteristics of a “weak” mayor:

  • The council is powerful, with both legislative and executive authority.
  • The mayor is not truly the chief executive, with limited power or no veto power.
  • The council can prevent the mayor from effectively supervising city administration.
  • There may be many administrative boards and commissions that operate independently from the city government.  

(INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES)

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