A CHARTER ORDINANCE AMENDING CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 3 RELATING TO THE ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF CITY OFFICERS AND TERMS OF OFFICERS AND TRANSITIONING THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR THE GOVERNING BODY
WHEREAS, the Kansas Legislature passed L. 2015, ch.88, sec. 7 (H.B. 2104) which provides in part that all general elections for members of the governing body and other elected officials of any municipality shall be held in November and this conflicts with Russell City Charter Ordinance No. 3, so that the City’s Charter Ordinance on the month of elections and providing for transitional terms for those offices should be established.
THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF RUSSELL, KANSAS:
Section 1. General elections for members of the governing body shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November, 2016, and succeeding elections for governing body positions shall be held each year on such date thereafter for such governing body positions whose terms are expiring.
Section 2. Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April, 2016 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2017, when the City officials elected in the November 2016 general election take office. Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April 2017 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when the City officials elected in the November 2017 general election take office.
Section 3. The governing body shall consist of a mayor and two (2) council members from each ward. There shall be elected in November of each odd-numbered year a mayor and one (1) council member from each ward. There shall be elected in November of each even-numbered year one (1) council member from each ward. The council members shall be chosen by the qualified electors of their respective wards, and no person shall be eligible to hold the office of council member who is not at the time of his or her election or appointment an actual resident of the ward for which he or she is elected or appointed, and if any council member shall move from the ward from which he or she was elected or appointed, the office as council member shall thereby be vacated. The mayor and council members shall be residents and qualified electors of the City of Russell, Kansas.