City of Millbrae Appointed City Treasurer, Measure K (November 2009)

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A Millbrae Appointed City Treasurer, Measure K ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Millbrae in San Mateo County, where it was approved.

Prior to Measure K, the City Treasurer in Millbrae was an elected position with the office-holder serving a renewable four-year term. With the approval of Measure K, the position became an appointed position, where the city treasurer is appointed by the City Council.

A similar measure was on the Millbrae ballot in 1980. It was "soundly defeated."[1]

At the time of the vote on Measure K, the city treasurer was Mary Vella Treseler. She had served two four-year terms, and was not seeking a third term.

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 1,693 51.0%
These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.


Millbrae's Mayor Robert Gottschalk said that the city treasurer position should be appointed because this would allow the city council to choose an experienced professional. He believed that the method of electing city treasurers -- where anyone who is 18 years old, a registered voter and a U.S. citizen could run for treasurer -- could result in an unqualified individual being elected to the post. Millbrae has $30 million in city assets.[1]


Doris Morse, a candidate for city treasurer in the November election, objected to Measure K on the grounds that it would remove the citizen oversight that comes from electing a treasurer. Morse said that elected treasurers will be more accessible and accountable than an appointed staff treasurer would be.[1]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure K: "Shall the office of city treasurer be appointive?"[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Inside Bay Area, "Candidate's only competition for Millbrae treasurer post is ballot measure," October 2, 2009
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.