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Referendum on Treasurer, City Clerk Set

Voters will decide in April if the positions should be appointed or elected.

Yokville voters will get a chance to decide if they want to continue electing a city treasurer and clerk, or if the position should be appointed.

That's a question that will appear on the April ballot alongside choices for alderman and school board officials.

William Powell, the city's current treasurer, told council members last month that it is not necessary for the position to be filled by an elected official. He said city aldermen should appoint someone who is qualified to oversee the city's finances.

The referendum will be binding on the city, meaning the city leaders must abide by the voters wishes.

"Everyone is talking about smaller government and this is a step in that direction," Mayor Gary Golinski said at the Dec. 11 council meeting.

If voters support the appointment plan, Powell and Beth Warren, the current city clerk, would serve out the remainder of their terms.

Concerned long time resident January 02, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Not a good idea for our council to appoint someone to lead our finances, these are the same group that wanted to purchase club 47, wow good ole boy system is still in yorkville
Tim January 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Yes, much better to let the same people who have the highest foreclosure rates in the country vote for someone to run the finances... what could possibly go wrong? Where's the popcorn? It's going to be fun watching Yorkville destroy itself from within, with one shortsighted 'decision' after another made by people who can't even run their own finances.
Jerry Bannister January 03, 2013 at 05:19 PM
There are two sides to this decision. The question is obviously, should these positions be elected or should they be appointed (hired in the "normal" way) 1. Having any position be elected is a safety net against cronyism and is a potential stop gap against an incompetent person being in the office for an extended period. The job will/should be sought by people who can convince the majority of people in a given voting district they are right for the job. It’s much much harder than convincing a few insiders the same thing. 2. But, as we see time and time again, the under informed voters often don't make the correct choice on every issue or every person. When someone is appointed, theoretically at least, they are run through a screening process and should be qualified for the job. Clearly the screening process can be flawed at several points. In general people need to understand these types of jobs are not "optional" in the truest sense. Someone needs to do these tasks. Maybe the job(s) can be combined to save cash? I don't know the answer to that in this specific case. There is no easy answer to this. Overall I think any mid/high level staff should be elected in any entity that can spend tax dollars. The people (voters) have a shot at least, of getting a quality person for the job. I must say though, I am 51/49 in favor them being elected; I think it really needs to be looked at carefully for each office/job being discussed.

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