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Patterson voters to decide charter changes

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The City of Patterson has called a special election for November to make changes to the charter. 

The charter is a set of laws that determines how the city's business is run. 

On the ballot are four ordinances that would make changes to the charter that governs Patterson - and two appear to be related to an ongoing spat between the mayor and the police chief in the town. To see our most recent story about that spat, click here. You can read another story on their power struggle here

Ordinance No. 2017-07A would change the charter to authorize the mayor - without any input from the City Council - to appoint all city employees except those in the Police Department. The ordinance also would give whoever the mayor is the authority - with City Council approval - to  suspend, demote, otherwise discipline and remove all city employees, again except those working within the police department. 

Ordinance No. 2017-07B would authorize the Chief of Police - with City Council approval - to appoint, suspend, otherwise discipline and remove city employees who work in the Police Department. 

Ordinance No. 2017-07C would make sure the charter's instructions on how City Council meetings are noticed and amended comply with the state Open Meetings Law.

Ordinance No. 2017-07D would amend the charter's instructions on leasing city lands to require an ordinance to do so.  

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