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  Item No. 22.       
Meeting Date: 04/08/2021  
COMMITTEE: N/A  
CONTACT: Parker Patterson CHAIR: N/A

ACTION REQUESTED:
Election of Mayor Pro Tem - Consider holding an election for Mayor Pro Tem (Stubbs/Patterson)
BACKGROUND:
Initiated by: Governing Body
 
The governing body elects one of its members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. The person elected to the office serves for a year and is responsible for handling the duties of the Mayor in the event the Mayor is unable to attend to them.
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION
There is no financial impact to this item.
LEGAL REVIEW:
Procedure for the Election of the Mayor Pro Tem is established by the City’s Governing Body Rules of Order. There relevant portion reads:
 
Section 7(p) of the Governing Body Rules of Order.
 
(p) Election of Mayor Pro Tem: Mayor Pro Tern shall be decided by roll call vote by the members of the governing body according to the following procedure: 
 
(1) The mayor shall open the floor for nominations from the governing body. A member of the governing body may self-nominate. No seconds are required for a nomination. 
 
(2) Voting shall proceed as follows: 
 
a. Voting will be by roll call vote, with each councilor announcing the preferred candidate. Nominee receiving the majority of votes cast by those present is elected Mayor Pro Tern and voting ceases. 
 
• Example: If there is a total of 3 nominations - Nominee A, Nominee B, Nominee C. If Nominee A has 6 votes, Nominee B has 3 votes and Nominee C has 1 vote - then Nominee A wins. 
 
b. If no nominee receives a majority of the votes cast, then the nominee with the lowest number of votes will be removed from consideration, and voting resumes anew with the smaller field of nominees. Voting continues until a nominee receives a majority of the votes cast. 
 
• Example: If there is a total of 4 nominations - Nominee A, Nominee B. Nominee C and Nominee D. If Nominee A has 3 votes, Nominee B has 3 votes, Nominee C has 3 votes and Nominee D has 1 vote - then Nominee D will be dropped. Nominees A, B, and C will be voted on again. If Nominee A has 4 votes, Nominee B has 4 votes and Nominee C has 2 votes - then Nominee C will be dropped. Nominees A and B will be voted on and a winner will be determined. 
 
c. If two nominees are tied for fewest votes, a new roll call vote is taken. If after the second vote, two nominees are tied for the fewest votes, a coin toss will decide which of the nominees receiving fewest votes is eliminated. 
 
• Example: If there is a total of 3 nominations - Nominee A, Nominee B, Nominee C. If Nominee A has 4 votes, Nominee B has 3 votes and Nominee C has 3 votes - then if still tied after a second roll call vote, a coin toss will determine whether Nominee B or Nominee C is eliminated.
BOARD AND COMMITTEE ACTION:
This item is not reviewed by a board or committee.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
Consider holding an election for Mayor Pro Tem.

    

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