Ballot Question Asks Superior Citizens About Potential Part-Time Mayor
Mayor Paine says he is voting "no" because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community.
SUPERIOR, Wis. – As ballots are going out to people in Superior this week, Mayor Jim Paine has announced he will be voting against potentially making future mayors part-time and hiring a city administrator.
Mayor Paine says he is voting “no” because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community.
This is on the ballot after a study was done by a consultant looking at the city and how it can be more efficient.
The study suggested making the mayor part-time while hiring a full-time city administrator.;p
Mayor Paine says while there are fair recommendations in the study, this part is biased.
He also said that it’s very tough to remove a bad administrator who isn’t meeting the needs of the community.
“We reelect or elect new mayors every four years and citizens have a right to recall mayors so it keeps those of us serving in public office accountable to the people and that’s the most important thing to remember. A government belongs to the people it’s not a business it’s not a private organization,” said Mayor Paine.
He also says the vote on the issue is also non-binding and would make no actual changes to city government.
If the city council wants to revisit the issue after getting the referendum input they can.