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Smithsburg Town Council OKs changes to town charter

September 05, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg Town Council members on Tuesday approved three changes to the town’s charter that deal with how the vice president of the council serves the town and how the town appoints and removes officials such as department heads.

The changes basically reflect how the town has operated in those areas but add specific wording to the town’s charter, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said.

The town has an ad hoc charter committee, and this is one of the first areas in which the committee has proposed changes, Myers said.

Under the changes, the council’s vice president will act as mayor during the absence or temporary incapacity of the mayor.

In regard to the charter section that allows the mayor to appoint heads of all offices, departments and agencies, council members must approve the appointments by a majority vote of the entire council.

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Heads of all offices, departments and agencies shall serve until the person voluntarily resigns or is removed by a four-fifths vote of the whole council.

Unless the removal is for a reason such as theft, council members must give heads of all offices, departments and agencies at least 30 days notice of the expiration of an appointment.

The third charter change deals with appointment of the town’s clerk/treasurer.

Under existing charter language, the clerk/treasurer shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of council. Under the charter change, the clerk/treasurer serves until that person resigns or is removed by a four-fifths vote of the whole council.

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