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Sparks City Council Meeting 12/10/2018

General Business: 9.2

Title: Administer the Oath of Office to newly appointed Sparks Council member for Ward 3.
Petitioner/Presenter: Ron Smith, Mayor/Stephen W. Discoll, City Manger
Recommendation: An Oath of Office is administered to newly appointed elected officials for the City of Sparks prior to their taking office.
Financial Impact: None
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
    
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

Sparks Charter Section 1.110 “Oath of Office” requires every person appointed to elected office in the city be administered the official Oath of Office.

Mayor Smith’s appointment and confirmation by the Council of a new Sparks Council member for Ward 3 requires the taking of the official oath of office prior to assuming the duties of a Council member.



Background:

On June 12, 2018, the primary election was conducted by the Washoe County Registrar of Voters on behalf of the City of Sparks per NRS 293C.110, Ordinance No. 2548 and AC-5436, for the office Mayor.

When Mayor Smith took the Oath of Office, a vacancy of the Sparks Council Ward 3 was created.

Per the Sparks Charter, Section 1.070 paragraph 1., the Mayor fills a vacancy on the Council by appointment and confirmation of the Council.

When appointed by the Mayor, the new Council member must take an Oath of Office as mandated by the Sparks Charter Section 1.110 before taking on the duties of the appointment.



Analysis:

Sparks City Charter mandates the following:

Sec. 1.110  Oath of office.  Every person elected or appointed under the provisions of sections 1.060 to 1.090, inclusive, shall subscribe to the official oath as provided by the City Council. Each person shall swear or affirm that he or she is not under any direct or indirect obligation to vote for, appoint or elect any person to any office, position or employment in the City government.



Alternatives:

The Mayor administer the Oath of Office to the newly appointed Sparks Council member for Ward 3.



Recommended Motion:

No motion required.



Attached Files:
     Oath Vacant Council Ward 3.pdf

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