[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Parsons as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as § 1-103 of the 1963 Code (Ch. 2, Art. II of the 1985 Code)]
[Added 5-2-1983 by Ord. No. 5288; amended 7-17-1989 by Ord. No. 5501; 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 6189]
The governing body shall meet regularly on the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners' Room in the Municipal Building.
[Added 5-2-1983 by Ord. No. 5288]
Special meetings of the governing body may be called as provided by law.
The governing body shall annually choose a President, who in the absence of the Mayor from any meeting of the governing body shall preside, and who in the absence of the Mayor from the City or his inability to perform any of the duties imposed upon his office shall exercise the duties of the office of Mayor to the end that the City shall have an official head on such occasions.
[Added 5-3-2005 by Ord. No. 6040]
Each City Commissioner shall be a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of Parsons, Kansas, and must reside within the City limits at the time of filing for election and thereafter for the duration of his or her term.
[Adopted 2-1-2016 by Ord. No. 6357]
The City of Parsons, Kansas, continues to operate under the Commission-Manager form of government, as codified in L. 2015, Ch. 88, §§ 10 through 12, and pursuant to all existing ordinances and charter ordinances relating to its form of government.
Editor's Note: See K.S.A. §§ 12-1039 through 12-1041.
Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April 2017 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when the City officials elected in the November 2017 general election take office. Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April 2019 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2020, when the City officials elected in the November 2019 general election take office.
The governing body shall consist of a board of five Commissioners to be elected to terms as set forth herein. The Commissioners shall be residents and qualified electors of the City of Parsons, Kansas.
General elections shall take place on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November 2017, and succeeding elections will be held every two years for all such governing body positions whose terms have expired.
In accordance with K.S.A. § 25-205, and amendments thereto, any person may become a candidate for City office elected at large by having had filed on his/her behalf a nomination petition or a declaration of candidacy, accompanied by any fee required by law. The nomination petition must be signed by 100 of the qualified electors of the City of Parsons.
General elections shall take place on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November 2017. Succeeding elections will be held every two years for all such governing body positions whose terms have expired. At succeeding regular City elections there shall be elected two Commissioners for a four-year term and one Commissioner for a two-year term. The candidates receiving the largest and second largest number of votes shall be elected for four-year terms, and the candidate receiving the third largest number of votes shall be elected for a two-year term.
The laws establishing and relating to the Commission form of government shall govern the filling of vacancies in the governing body of the City of Parsons, Kansas.
[Amended 4-17-2017 by Ord. No. 6388]
The Commission shall choose its own Chairman annually and determine its own order of business. The Chairman shall have the title of Mayor during the year and his or her office, to the end that the City shall have an official head on formal occasions.
Beginning in 2018, the Commission shall choose the Mayor at the second regular Commission meeting in January of every year, except that this schedule may be deviated from by a majority vote of the Commission in the event newly elected Commissioners do not take office at the second regular Commission meeting in January.
As a result of changes to the state election laws, for the year 2017, the Commission may choose a Mayor at any time during 2017 in a way that seems fair and equitable to the Commission.
The Commissioners elected under this act shall hold office for the terms for which elected and until their successors are elected and qualified.
No distinction shall be made in title or duties among these Commissioners, except as the board shall organize itself for business. It shall be the duty of the Commission to pass all ordinances needful for the welfare of the City. The Commission shall provide for such offices as shall be necessary to carry out the provisions of this act and determine salaries for the same. It shall appoint a Manager and shall be responsible for the Manager's efficient administration of the City's business.
The Commissioners may call for a special meeting if requested by a majority of the Commission.
The Commission shall appoint a City Manager to be responsible for the administration and affairs of the City. The City Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the governing body. The City Manager shall receive a salary to be fixed by the Commission.
The City Manager shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced. The City Manager shall appoint and remove all heads of departments and all subordinate officers and employees of the City. All appointments shall be made upon merit and fitness alone. No member of the Commission shall directly interfere with the conduct of any department, except at the express direction of the Commission.