SHERIDAN, WY— A group of local citizens has organized a petition to bring Charter Ordinance 2202 up for a public vote.
Brian Miller, who organized the effort, said the group is collecting signatures to challenge the City Administrator position which was voted on by Sheridan’s City Council earlier this year.
Miller explained why he started the petition.
Charter Ordinance 2202, which defines the powers and responsibilities given to both the City Administrator and the Mayor, has become a highly debated topic with City Council in recent months. Mayor Roger Miller, a strong opponent of the City Administrator position, said he fears the position strips too much power away from the Mayor and Council while other members of Council expressed support for the position, saying it frees up the Mayor from day-to-day responsibilities which would allow for more time to focus on creating policy that would benefit the city.
Previous Mayors including Senator Dave Kinskey have spoken in support of the City Administrator position, however, the opinion of the public has been mixed, with many fearing that the position removes the accountability an elected official has to the public and gives too much authority to a non-elected city employee.
Miller said the deadline to sign the petition is by the end of the business day on Monday, September 16th.