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City officials to consider term limits for appointees
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McMinnville officials will be considering a recommendation to set term limits for individuals appointed by the board, The discussion is set to take place Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Alderman Mike Neal asked fellow board members to consider setting term limits as a way to ensure all the citizens of McMinnville have an opportunity to serve their city and that service is not limited to a select group.
Setting term limits came under scrutiny July 9 when Mayor Jimmy Haley recommended the re-appointment of Jeff Golden to the McMinnville Electric System board. While terms are four years in length, Golden has served 32 years, Sam Martin 33 years, Jeff McKinley 14 years, and Sally Brock 11 years.
The recommended term limits:
• Four-year board appointees would be eligible to serve three consecutive terms after which they would be required to sit out at least one term, but could then serve another two terms if appointed. Total years of service could not exceed 20 years.
• Five-year board appointees would be eligible to serve two consecutive terms after which they would be required to sit out at least one term, but then they would be eligible to serve two more terms if appointed. Total years of service could not exceed 20 years.
• Six-year board appointees would be eligible to serve two consecutive terms after which they would be required to sit out at least one term, but then would be eligible to serve one more term if appointed. Total years of service could not exceed 18 years.
• Any board appointee to any other board or position that is not mentioned above would be allowed to serve a maximum of 20 years with a sit-out time of at least four years before three-fourths of the term limit has passed.
• In the event of a lack of interest by the citizens to accept positions of appointment, the mayor and the board, after due diligence, may re-appoint a citizen who has previously served the maximum term limit allowed to fill the vacancy.
• These term limits will take effect upon the board’s approval and all future appointments and re-appointments would be subject to these guidelines.
Also on the agenda for consideration is a contract with Southern Central Waste Services, the city’s participation in The Pool’s Safety Partners Loss Control Matching Safety Grant Program, and the city’s participation in The Pool’s Driver Safety Matching Grant Program.