City of Albuquerque
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File #: R-21-220   
Type: Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 11/15/2021 In control: Finance & Government Operations Committee
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Calling For The City Of Albuquerque To Explore Alternative Forms Of Government Through A Study To Be Presented To City Leadership; Identifying Key Aspects Of The Study (Gibson, Davis, Jones)
Attachments: 1. R-220
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FOURTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. R-21-220 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Diane Gibson, Pat Davis, Trudy Jones


RESOLUTION
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Calling For The City Of Albuquerque To Explore Alternative Forms Of Government Through A Study To Be Presented To City Leadership; Identifying Key Aspects Of The Study (Gibson, Davis, Jones)
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WHEREAS, the City of Albuquerque currently operates as a Mayor-Council form of government; and
WHEREAS, the City of Albuquerque has operated under such a form of government since 1974, when the city charter was amended to move from a Commission-Manager form to the current Mayor-Council form; and
WHEREAS, the current Mayor-Council form of government establishes two separate branches of government with delineated roles wherein an elected nine-member City Council is vested with the legislative authority of the City to enact all laws and policies conducive to the welfare of the City, and an elected mayor controls and directs the executive branch of the City which is responsible for the most high functioning executive tasks of the City all the way down to the most routine; and
WHEREAS, the staggering of terms amongst the nine member Council establishes an opportunity for continuity within government while at the same time allowing the electorate to guide the direction of the City through their vote; and
WHEREAS, the strong-mayor form of government does not offer the same level of continuity for the executive branch because processes, functions, approaches, knowledge and skills amongst appointed city administrators, who serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, are subject to wholesale change with each election - which can directly affect the services that most directly impact City residents; and
WHEREAS, each new Mayor holds complete discretion to appoint new leadership to oversee critical city services like the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Airport, the P...

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