Changing status of an elected to an appointed postion

In the July Minutes the following was discussed:

  • Clerk discussed possibility of changing Clerk & Treasurer’s positions from elected to appointed. Discussion was held clerk will follow up with information to the council.

In response to this issue from July 19 meeting:

Change the position of clerk and/or treasurer from elected to appointed. (MCL 62.1) The proposed ordinance requires adoption by a vote of two-thirds of the council. It cannot take effect for 45 days following adoption, during which time a petition signed by 10 percent of the registered voters can force a referendum on the issue.
Sample ordinances to appoint the clerk and treasurer are available in Appendices 6 and 7 of the Michigan Municipal League GLV Handbook. Page 111
The Village of (Name of Village) ordains:
Section 1. Establishment of office As authorized by section 1(3) chapter II of the General Law Village Act (1895 PA 3, as amended), the village clerk shall be chosen by nomination by the village president and appointment by a majority vote of the village council.
Section 2. Term of office The term of office of the village clerk shall be two years, beginning [date], after the clerk’s appointment.
Section 3. Effective date This ordinance shall take effect 45 days after the date of its adoption, unless a petition signed by not less than ten percent of the registered electors of the village is filed with the acting village clerk or village office within such 45 days. If a petition is filed within such period of time, this ordinance shall then take effect only upon its approval at the next general village or special village election held on the question of whether the ordinance shall be approved. Notice of the delayed effect of this ordinance and the right of petition under this section shall be published separately at the same time and in the same manner as the ordinance or a notice of the ordinance is published in a local newspaper of general circulation.
Section 4. Adoption This ordinance shall be adopted by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the village council.
Section 5. Publication The village clerk shall certify to the adoption of this ordinance and cause the same to be published as required by law.

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