Beavercreek City Council to vote on mayoral election amendment

By Nathan Pilling - [email protected]

BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek City Council is expected to vote Monday night on whether to send a direct mayoral election issue to voters in November.

Under the proposal, which was discussed at a council work session Monday night, voters would directly elect the city’s mayor to a four-year term beginning in the 2019 November general election. An individual could be elected to a consecutive four-year term as mayor for a total of eight years in the office, but would have to leave council for four years before returning.

Members of council would be term-limited at a combination of two four-year terms between the offices of council member and mayor.

The mayor’s office would still largely be a ceremonial one, and the mayor would have, with small exceptions, the same power as that of other city council members. The council candidate receiving the most votes in each council election would be elected vice mayor for the first two years of his or her four-year term, under the proposal.

Currently, the city’s mayor is selected in the council member election every two years by virtue of being the candidate receiving the highest number of votes.

To send the charter amendment to voters, five members of council would have to vote in favor of the idea.

Mayor Bob Stone voiced support for longer term limits Monday, which would allow the city’s mayor to have more experience.

“I’m not so sure that I’m going to personally support this … if it stays with the current term limits,” he said.

By Nathan Pilling

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Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.

Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.