Keeping the city's current form of government while making the mayor's job full time seems to be the preference of a select group of West Jordan residents and civic leaders.
The 75-member group was asked during a March 14 "stakeholders" meeting about West Jordan's council-city manager form of government and whether the community would be better served by a council-mayor government.A change in the city's government type has been proposed by a group of residents, who are circulating petitions with the hope of collecting enough signatures to force a vote on the issue.
West Jordan's mayor serves part time and is a voting member of the City Council. The city manager tends to the day-to-day affairs of the city, supervises the city's department heads and staff and answers to the council as a whole.
According to an analysis of survey questions presented at the March 14 meeting, 20 people said they would leave the government as it is and 22 said they would modify the government structure only by making the mayor's position full time instead of part time.
Seventeen said they would eliminate the council-manager government in favor of a strong mayor with veto power but no vote on the council. Of those, 12 thought the city should also have a chief administrative officer, and three said they would like to see the strong mayor remain part time and fulfill his duties with the help of a full-time chief administrative officer. Two respondents did not specify which variation of the council-mayor form they prefer.
Members of the group also were asked how much the mayor should be paid under the different scenarios.
For those who wanted to leave the current government intact but make the mayor's job full time, the suggested salary range went from $25,000 to $50,000. The suggested salary range was from $30,000 to $75,000 under the council-mayor form, and $20,000 to $60,000 if the city also employed a CAO.
When asked what process should be followed to decide what form of government the city should have, most of the people questioned said a three-month to one-year study, education and publicity process should take place before a decision is made whether to change the government.