Harrison voters to decide on manager

August 1, 2014

By Rosemary Horvath

Harrison city voters have to decide on whether to create the office of city manager. The ballot request is part of the primary election Tuesday.

Modifying the city charter to create the new title came about from a petition calling for a vote.

City Clerk Tracey Beadle all along has functioned as a city manager. Her duties will go unchanged except for the title of city manager-clerk if the measure wins approval.

The ballot language states there will be no impact on the city revenue and budget.

Having the city manager title carries more weight when submitting documents and grants, for example, because a city clerk has different responsibilities and doesn’t function in an administrative capacity as does a city manager.

City officials had discussed the matter last year and originally considered adding the measure to the November ballot when council members are selected. There are four candidates running for three seats on the city council in the nonpartisan race in November.

If at least six candidates had filed then a primary race would have been required.

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