Proposal Seeking Mayor Rotation

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A proposal in Staunton could change the way the city decides on a mayor.

The Staunton City Council will take a look Thursday night at its work session.

Currently, the council votes to appoint a mayor and vice-mayor, every two years. The positions don't have any more power than the rest of council.

Two current council members propose a system where the positions would rotate every year, based on seniority.

"Each and every person on the city council is duly elected by the people of Staunton. And by having a rotation, this will give each individual council member an opportunity to lead the city, to be the face of the city," said City Council Member Andrea Oakes.

Oakes said it could bring more diversity and help balance the workload.

The General Assembly would have to approve the change to the city's charter before council could act on the change. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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