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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

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November 7, 2017 —Local Elections

Duplicate - City of Brawley
Measure X - Majority Approval Required

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Shall the office of City Treasurer which is currently an elected position be consolidated with the position of City Finance Director and be converted to a position to be filled by City Council appointment commencing upon the expiration of the term of the current City Treasurer?

Summary

California Government Code delegates authority to the City Treasurer to direct a General Law City’s deposits, securities and investments. The City of Brawley City Treasurer is an elected position that is currently vacant of an elected officeholder with a term expiring in 2019. Change in the position of the City Treasurer from an elected office to an appointed position enables the duties and responsibilities of the position to be carried out by an individual who the City Council appoints based on skills and qualifications. California Government Code states that converting the Office of the City Treasurer from an elected position to an appointed position must be placed on the ballot to be decided by voters. 

— Brawley City Attorney / Imperial County Registrar of Voters
Impartial analysis / Proposal

The City Council of the City of Brawley has placed this measure on the ballot to ask the voters of Brawley if the position of City Treasurer should be made appointive rather than elective. Under California law, the City Treasurer of any general law city such as Brawley is an elective position unless it is made appointive by the voters of the City.

Currently, the Brawley City Treasurer is elected for a four-year term. State law establishes two qualifications for the position of City Treasurer: the individual must be at least eighteen years of age and be a registered voter of the City.

Some of the City Treasurer’s duties include prudently investing and managing the City’s investment portfolio, to adhere to all local, state and federal laws and regulations governing municipal finance, and to create detailed and accurate investment reports and policies for review and approval by the City Council.

If adopted by majority vote of those persons voting, this measure would make the position of City Treasurer appointive at the end of the incumbent City Treasurer’s current term, which expires in November of 2019.

Change in the position of the City Treasurer from an elective office to an appointive position enables the duties and responsibilities of the position to be carried out by an individual who the City Council appoints based on skills and qualifications. California Government Code states that converting the Office of the City Treasurer from an elective position to an appointive position must be placed on the ballot to be decided by voters.

A “yes” vote would make the position of City Treasurer appointive rather than elective.

A “no” vote would keep the position of City Treasurer elective.

s/William S. Smerdon
City Attorney

— Brawley City Attorney
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