Former Mayor William Stortz said he opposes a longer term for elected leaders. He said that mayors will be more responsive to the public if they have to face voters every two years.
Mayors who are doing a good job, Stortz said, will get re-elected. The problem with four-year terms is that people can be “stuck for four years” with a mayor they don’t want anymore, Stortz said.
Forcing mayors to face the voters regularly is a way to push them “to get the job done,” Stortz said.
So is Stortz right? Is the move to extend the terms of mayors, city councilors and other elected leaders to four years misguided? A decision may be in the offing this year.
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