Time for a Change? Does Yakima City Government Need a Strong Mayor?
Here's the city news release regarding the 7/16/19 City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 featuring a number of high-profile issues.
The council will review matters surrounding the recent "Cruise Night" that wasn't. They'll hear an update on the Yakima Air Terminal's cooperation with immigration enforcement and ICE flights. And they'll hold a discussion related to the vacant city manager position.
Last week manager Cliff Moore announced he was leaving, effective Aug. 20, for an WSU Extension position in Jefferson County. If ever there were a timely moment to consider a change from a council/manager to an elected mayor/council form of government this is it.
Actually the perfect time was last month (see this post) but, short of emergency meetings, that ship has sailed. So now the council will discuss what comes next. Will they launch a search for a new city manager and maintain the status quo? Or, will they explore the idea of a change to an elected mayor system? Or, with at least three new members being seated in January, will they wait until next year to decide?
Point is, they work for us. Here's a chance to take the pulse of our listeners, our readers, and send a message to the council about what works best for the future of Yakima.
The July 16 Yakima City Council regular meeting will air live at 5:30 p.m. on Y-PAC, Charter Cable channel 194.
The meeting will also be streamed live on the city of Yakima website at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/
Meantime, tell us what you think they should do about the city manager/strong mayor question: