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Nearly 86% of voters choose to change the job title during Nov. 2 special election

PMG FILE PHOTO - Fairview City HallThe city of Fairview has overwhelmingly voted to amend the city charter and shift to a manager-style form of leadership within City Hall.

More than 86% of voters, 890 people, said "yes" to the switch from city administrator to city manager during early returns for the special election Tuesday evening, Nov. 2. Only 14% of voters, or 143 people, voted to stay under the current system of leadership.

Ballot Measure 26-222 is more than just a name change.

A city manager has the authority to make appointments to city hall, shifting those duties away from mayor and city council. In theory that means the person making decisions isn't bound by pending elections or political pressure. Under an administrator format, those appointments are made in collaboration with city councilors.

The vote in Fairview doesn't eliminate the current form of government with a mayor and six councilors. That group will retain the authority to appoint and remove the city manager, with the potential charter changes specifying that whomever serves in the manager role must be qualified based on education and experience.

Current Fairview City Administrator Nolan Young is retiring at the end of the year. The city has begun recruiting for his replacement — an individual who will now serve as a manager rather than administrator.


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