San Juan County Executive Duties Amendment Proposition (November 2012)
If approved, proposition amends the San Juan County Charter to remove the County Administrator as the chief administrative officer and transfer many administrative and executive powers to the County Council. It would also require the County Council to appoint a County Manager to help the Council.
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Election results from San Juan County, Current Election Results.
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The San Juan County Charter Review Commission has proposed amendments to the San Juan County Charter concerning who will perform executive and administrative duties. This measure would remove references to the County Administrator as the chief administrative officer and as part of a separate branch of county government; place with the County Council those administrative and executive powers not granted to other elected officials; and require that the County Council appoint a County Manager to assist the Council in carrying out its duties. This measure also includes technical revisions and clarifications to the charter.
Maureen See, Mary Jean Cahail, and Tom Starr, all supporters of the amendment, argue that it will make the county government more representative of the people and encourage team efforts as well as providing the Manager, who is accountable to the elected Council Members, as an replacement for the Administrator who is appointed and not accountable to the people.
Adina Cunningham, Carolyn Haugen, and Nanae Fralick, members of Committee to Save Our Charter' and opponents of this amendment, argue that the separation of powers and the professional leadership role of the County Administrator, which is essential to a well managed county government. They also point out that in 2005 a majority of the county voters approved separation of legislative and administrative authority and that this amendment would once again consolidate these powers.