Potters sworn into office
Express Staff Writer
new mayor said he will run a government of the people and for the people.
Mayor Ed Simon is sworn into office Monday by City Clerk Sandy Cady. Express
photo by Willy Cook
taking the oath of office Monday night, Mayor Ed Simon swore in
Councilwoman Chis Potters and Councilman Baird Gourlay and began to settle
into his new role.
city residents who attended the meeting that under his leadership the city
will be open to its citizens and accountable for its actions.
have an obligation to inform the public about what weíre going to
do," he said. "The process and procedure of government are as
important as what we accomplish."
Simon said the Ketchum City Council will not vote on agenda items that the
public has not had adequate time to review. And his administration will
give more specific notice of executive sessions than has been in the past.
he will host a town hall meeting within the next five weeks to compile and
gauge public opinions on key issues.
following through on campaign promises, Simon ordered the cityís
recently-revised election ordinance to be put on the next city council
agenda, Jan. 21, for further consideration. He also promised to revisit
the cityís decision to close Ninth Street on a trial basis.
year ago, the city council adopted changes to the cityís election
ordinance, which require city council candidates to run on a per-seat
basis rather than at large. The revised ordinance also established a
runoff requirement for city council candidates not obtaining more than 50
percent of the votes cast for their seats.
citizens who commented on the revisions opposed them, but the city council
voted 3 to 1 to implement them anyway. Councilman Maurice Charlat opposed
the changes and said Monday he is pleased that Simon plans to raise the
separate issue to bed, Simon said he no longer plans to fire Ketchum City
Attorney Margaret Simms.
anticipate that the city attorney and I will have any problems," he
December, Simon made public his plans to dissolve the cityís legal
department and "out-source" the cityís legal needs. Without
city council approval, however, the action would not conform to state law,
according to a legal opinion obtained by the city council from a Boise law
all, Simon stressed that his administration will be open to the public.
that there will be no decision made outside of the publicís
hearing," he said. "We should be accountable for what we do, and
for our failures, at least say that itís not due to a lack of