Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Observer: Ontario, Ore. Still Deadlocked Over Not Having Mayor

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

The Ontario, Ore., City Council can't seem to decide what it wants to do about the fact its city has been without a mayor for more than six months.

This morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that the council voted 3-3, on a request to meet with the latest proposed candidate, former Council Member Susann Mills. Those dissenting pushed back against the request, saying they were peeved because the other council members had previously refused to meet with prior candidates.

“I think we are doing ourselves and the community a disservice when we hand-pick individuals that we feel are suitable for the position of mayor or city councilor without going through a process where it opens up to the community,” said Council Member Ron Verini, according to the Observer.

Verini then suggest that council members meet with a number of previously submitted candidates, but that motion ended in a 3-3 deadlock as well.

Traditionally, the mayor of Ontario breaks a deadlock tie.

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