Ballot Issues for April 4, 2023 Election

On April 4, 2023, Wildwood residents will decide on a proposed amendment to the City Charter of the City of Wildwood. Currently, the City Charter allows appointment or removal of directors of departments by the City Administrator, with approval of a majority of the members of the City Council.  This is inconsistent with the Council’s role as to other City positions and can result in a reduced ability to properly retain and separate key members of the team. 

The proposed amendment corrects these issues by allowing the City Administrator to appoint and remove department directors, “in consultation with the City Council.”   

This proposed amendment, if approved, will not take effect until January 1, 2024. 

The proposed amendment to Section 5.4(b) shall read as follows: 

Section 5.4 Powers and Duties. 

The City Administrator shall be the chief administrative officer of the City. He or she shall be responsible to the Council for the administration of all City affairs placed in his or her charge. The City Administrator shall have the following powers and duties:

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(b) Appointment And Removal Of City Employees And Administrative Officers. The City Administrator shall appoint and, when he or she deems it necessary for the good of the City, suspend or remove all administrative officers/employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the City Administrator. The City Administrator may, only with approval of a majority of the members of the City Council, appoint or remove directors of departments; provided, however, notwithstanding the foregoing, on and after January 1, 2024, the City Administrator may, in consultation with the City Council, appoint or remove directors of departments. The City Administrator may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his or her direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office or agency. All appointments and promotions of City administrative officers and employees shall be on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence.

Ordinance #2767 will be available at all St. Louis County voting precincts by scanning a QR code. The ordinance can also be found here.