Bricker to not seek re-election

Charter revisions set to be on May ballot

 

When Bay City voters return to the city polls Saturday, May 4, they will be electing a new mayor.

Current Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker announced in a Facebook post that he would not seek re-election to the office.

The post reads as follows:

“Good Morning Bay City, The Best City in Texas! With a very heavy heart, I inform you that I will not seek re-election this May. I want to thank you all for the support that you’ve given me for the last nine years. I am proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to Bay City’s future. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor. — Mayor Mark A. Bricker.

Three council seats will also be on the ballot as well. Positions 3, 4 and 5 will also be up for election as well.

Chrystal Folse currently holds position 3 while Becca Sitz holds Position 4. Position 5 is currently held by Jason Childers. 

Candidates can file for the three council seats and the mayor’s position starting Jan. 17 through Feb. 16. There is a filing fee of $150 to file for the election.

At this time, the charter revisions are also slated to be on the May election ballot but have not formally been finalized. Council has been meeting to discuss the changes to the charter, which include a city manager run government for Bay City and not a mayor-run form of government.

The charter revisions would eliminate the mayor’s position as the head of city government in Bay City as it is presently stated in the city’s charter. It would be revised as a City Manager form of government.

The revision states “The City Council by a majority vote shall appoint a City Manager. The method of selection shall be established by Ordinance to insure orderly, nonpartisan action toward securing a competent and qualified person to fill the position. The City Manager shall be chosen solely upon the basis of such person’s executive and administrative training, experience and ability. The City Manager shall be bonded at City expense in the amount of not less the $10,000.

 

(b) Compensation 5 

 

The City Manager shall receive compensation fixed by the City Council according to his or her experience, education and training. The compensation shall be agreed upon before appointment with the understanding that the City Council may change it at their discretion. 

 

(c) Term and Removal 

 

The City Manager shall not be appointed for a definitive term but may be removed at the discretion of the City Council by a majority vote. The action of the City Council in suspending or removing the City Manager shall be final. It is the intention of this charter to vest all authority and fix all responsibilities of such suspension or removal in the City Council. 

 

(d) Powers and Duties 

 

The City Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the City, and shall be responsible to City Council for proper administration of all the affairs of the City and to that end shall have the power and shall be required to: 

 

1. To exercise control over departments and divisions of the City and to supervise all officers and employees of the City. 

2. See that all state laws and City Ordinances are effectively enforced; 

3. Appoint, suspend or remove all or any of the directors of departments, except as otherwise provided in this charter; 

4. Attend all meetings of the City Council except when excused by the City Council, and shall have the right to take part in the discussions; 

5. Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the City Council and be responsible for its administration after its adoption; 

6. Prepare and submit to the City Council at the end of each fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year; 

7. Keep the City Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and make such recommendations as may seem advisable; 

8. Make other such reports as the City Council may require concerning the operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to his or her discretion and supervision; and 

9. Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this charter or required by the City Council, as consistent with this charter.”

 

Council is expected to set dates for town hall meetings during Thursday’s city council meeting and begin advertising town hall meeting dates. The town hall meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 7-8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 17, council is expected to review entire charter for accuracy and continuity.

Council has until Friday, Feb. 15 to get the charter revisions on the May ballot.

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