Question: Should section be amended to provide that, “commencing with the election for members of Council in 2013 and except for any election for a member of Council in the year when Council reapportions ward boundaries under Section 25-1 of this Charter, candidates for the office of member of the Council must have been a resident of the ward which they seek to represent for at least twelve months prior to filing nominating petitions for election as member of Council, excluding a person who while serving as a member of Council is moved outside his or her ward due to reapportionment and a person who is elected to office in the year when Council reapportions ward boundaries under Section 25-1 of this Charter”?

Proposed Language:

§ 26     Qualifications of Council Members

Members of the Council shall be residents of the City and have the qualifications of electors of the City. Commencing with the election for members of Council in 2013 and except for any election for a member of Council in the year when Council reapportions ward boundaries under Section 25-1 of this Charter, candidates for the office of member of the Council must have been a resident of the ward which they seek to represent for at least twelve months prior to filing nominating petitions for election as member of Council, excluding a person who while serving as a member of Council is moved outside his or her ward due to reapportionment and a person who is elected to office in the year when Council reapportions ward boundaries under Section 25-1 of this Charter. A member of the Council, who at the time of his election, was a resident of the ward which he represents shall forfeit his or her office if the member removes from the ward. Members of Council shall not hold any other public office or employment except that of notary public or member of the State militia, and shall not be interested in the profits or emoluments of any contract job, work or service of the Municipality. Any member who shall cease to possess any of the qualifications herein required shall forthwith forfeit his or her office, and any contract in which any member is or may become interested may be declared void by the Council. No member of the Council shall, except in so far as is necessary in the performance of the duties of his or her office, directly or indirectly interfere in the conduct of the administrative department, or directly or indirectly take any part in the appointment, promotion or dismissal of any officer, or employee in the service of the City other than the officers or employees of the Council.

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