Voters in the Village of Constantine will go to the polls next month to decide the fate of an ordinance that provides for the appointment, rather than election, of the village clerk and treasurer.
The ordinance was adopted by the Constantine Village Council on a 6-to-1 vote on October 1, 2012. MacKenzie Strawser, who was serving at the time as village president, cast the dissenting vote. Since then, enough signatures were collected on petitions to force a referendum on the ordinance. The resulting election is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th.
During their December 17th meeting, council members acted unanimously to adopt the following ballot language for the upcoming election:
PROPOSAL TO APPOINT
VILLAGE CLERK AND VILLAGE TREASURER
Shall the Village of Constantine Ordinance No. 239 which provides for the appointment of the Village Clerk and the Village Treasurer by the Village Council be approved? ( ) Yes ( ) No
In anticipation of the upcoming election, Village Manager Mark Honeysett has prepared a series of ‘questions and answers’ regarding the issue. During a brief interview with the River Country Journal, Honeysett explained why he did so. He said, “I’ve heard a lot of reasons why the position shouldn’t be appointed and I wanted the rationale that I used known for why the clerk and treasurer should be appointed.” And he added, “I think that the surest way to ensure that the most qualified people to do the job are placed in office is for candidates to be interviewed, background checks, and then appointed.”
To hear the interview with Mark Honeysett – recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal – click here (1:03).
To view the questions and answers prepared by Mark Honeysett, click on the following link: Clerk & Treasurer Appointment Q & A.
The registration deadline for voting in the February 26th election is this coming Monday (January 28th).