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Cloverdale Appointed City Clerk and Treasurer, Measures R and S (November 2010)

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Two City of Cloverdale ballot questions, Measures R and S, pertaining to whether the city should have an Appointed City Clerk and Treasurer, were on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

Measure R, which was approved, established that Cloverdale's city clerk will be appointed, rather than elected.

If Measure S had been approved, it would have changed the method of selection of Cloverdale's city treasurer from election to appointment. Since Measure S was defeated, the city treasurer position in Cloverdale will continue to be an elected position.

Measure R

Election results

Measure R
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,412 51.8%
No1,31448.2%

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure R: Shall the office of Cloverdale City Clerk be appointive?

Arguments for and against

No arguments against Measure R were submitted for the official voter guide.[1]

The arguments in favor of Measure R were submitted by the city council and signed by Carol L. Russell, Cloverdale's mayor, and Jessalee Raymond, Cloverdale's vice-mayor.[1]

The argument in favor of Measure R said, in part, "Demands on the City Clerk have evolved over the past few decades. The complexities and technologies have evolved as well, so should the position. Responsibilities have increased and the technical skills required are significant. Cloverdale has grown, government has become more complex, and so have the duties of the City Clerk. Currently the City Clerk functions have been absorbed by staff within the City...It is time to update the selection process for this important position. The public expects and deserves that the duties of the City Clerk will be performed with professionalism and efficiency. This can best be accomplished by selecting a person to serve based on technical skill, education and relevant experience."[1]

Measure S

Election results

Measure S
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,48454.2%
Yes 1,254 45.8%
These final, certified, election results are from the Sonoma County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure S: Shall the office of Cloverdale City Treasurer be appointive?

Arguments for and against

The arguments in favor of Measure S in the official voter guide were submitted by the city council and signed by Carol L. Russell, Cloverdale's mayor, and Jessalee Raymond, Cloverdale's vice-mayor.[2]

The argument in favor of Measure S said, in part, "The elected City Treasurer was created in the California Government Code so that small communities would have someone who could collect money and write checks. Over the years, Cloverdale has hired professional finance staff who make sure our bills are paid, monitor our investments, and complete required financial reports in compliance with laws and best practices. The only requirements to be an elected City Treasurer are to be at least 18 years old, a City resident, and a registered voter. The only performance evaluation an elected City Treasurer receives is at the ballot box every four years. However, when we are talking about the City's finances, we need people who are educated in accounting, budgeting, and financial management, and there needs to be oversight of their performance on a day-to-day basis."[2]

The arguments against Measure S in the official voter guide were submitted by Cloverdale's city treasurer, Robert P. Dailey.

He argued, "For more years than anyone can remember the voters have elected the Cloverdale City Treasurer to oversee their tax dollars. The City Council thinks they should take that responsibility away and appoint the Treasurer. Why? They argue that Cloverdale is the only city in the Sonoma County to elect a treasurer. In other words everybody else is doing it. This is a flawed idea. It is more important than ever that the voters have a Treasurer who does not answer to the City Manager or the City Council. You need a representative who can bring issues to attention of the taxpayers without worrying about job security or political backlash. Recent events in Southern California have shown how essential it is to have an independently elected Treasurer who answers to the electorate and not City Hall. Are the employees at Cloverdale City Hall hardworking and honest? Absolutely! Does this mean that there should be no oversight from an elected City Treasurer? No! It is always a bad suggestion to be asked to give up your vote and voice in governance."[2]

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