The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has taken a stand on the city manager vs. mayor debate, and it’s thumbs down.
At a recent meeting, the chamber’s board of directors discussed the proposal by City Councilmember Michael Plunkett to place before voters a proposal to change the City of Edmonds governance structure, and determined that “a governance change at this juncture is unwise as it could cause political and economic instability.”
The chamber invites business owners and the community to further discuss the issue during its July After Hours event, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. The event includes food and networking, plus a short presentation, “Mayor or City Manager.” You can view a summary of the presentation here.
The chamber is also encouraging city residents to attend the July 20 meeting of the Edmonds City Council, which will hold a public hearing and possibly make a decision on whether to place the proposed change before voters.
My Edmonds News has been running on a poll for a few months on the City Manager vs. Mayor topic. So far, 180 people and voted and the results are nearly evenly divided between those who support (47 percent) and oppose the measure (46 percent), with 7 percent undecided. You are invited to express your opinion here.