Sandusky City Charter Amendment (March 2012)

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A Sandusky City Charter Amendment measure was on the March 6, 2012 ballot in the city of Sandusky which is in Erie County.

The measure was defeated

  • YES: 1,774 (44.99%)
  • NO: 2,169 (55.01%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so that the City Manager would be elected and be the head of the municipal government.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Charter of the City be amended to provide that: the City Manager shall be the administrative and executive head of the municipal government; the City Manager shall be elected by the legal voters of the City at a regular state election for a term of four (4) years, commencing in November, 2012 for a term of office beginning January 1, after the City Manager's election; the City Manager shall not be subject to term limitations; the City Manager must be a qualified elector of the City and have resided in the City, at the time of filing a nominating petition, not less than three (3) full years next preceding his/her election for office; the City Manager shall hold no other office or employment of any kind or nature except that of notary public and is prohibited from having any personal pecuniary or beneficial interest in any contract for work, service or provision to the City except for his/her official capacity as City Manager; if the City Manager is temporarily absent or disabled then his/her duties shall be performed by the President of the City Commission, or, if the President is temporarily absent, then by the Vice-President of the City Commission; if the City Manager dies, resigns, is removed from office, or becomes permanently disabled and cannot carry out the powers, duties and responsibilities of the office, then the City Commission may designate some proper person with the qualifications of candidate for City Manager to execute the powers and duties of that office until a City Manager is elected at the next regular state election; the City Manager may be removed under causes as a mayor of any municipality may be removed under the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio; the City Manager may be recalled in accordance with the provisions and procedure set forth in the City Charter as applied to the recall of City Commissioners; the City Manager and not the President of the City Commission shall be the official head of the City for ceremonial and other purposes and may take command of the police and govern the City by proclamation during times of public danger or emergency; the City Manager shall have veto power over any and all legislation and ordinances passed by the City Commission, provided that such veto may be overcome by not less than two-thirds (2/3s) vote of all members of the City Commission; and the City Manager shall be the highest paid Administrative Officer of the City?[3]


  1. Erie County Board of Elections, March Election Results
  2. Erie County Board of Elections, Sandusky Sample Ballot (timed out)
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.