Jonesboro is a city in and one of the two county seats of Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2010 Census Bureau, the population of the city was 67,263. A college town, Jonesboro is the largest city in northeastern Arkansas and the fifth most populous city in the state. It is the principal city of and is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Jonesboro metropolitan area had an estimated population of 115,830 and 153,427 in the Jonesboro-Paragould Combined Statistical Area in 2006.
Jonesboro is the home toArkansas State University and is a regional center for manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, education, and trade.
|Legislative Duties of the Mayor|
• In all municipalities in Arkansas, the mayor presides over the meetings
of the council in cities and towns with mayor/council form of government. The mayor may vote when the mayor's vote is needed to pass any ordinance, bylaw, resolution, or motion.
• After the passage of an ordinance setting the procedure for special council meetings, the mayor has the authority to call the council into session for a special meeting.
• The mayor is required to sign all ordinances, resolutions, and city council minutes.
• If provided by council rules, the mayor may introduce ordinances and resolutions and recommend policy.
• The mayor in cities and towns with the mayor/council form of government may veto any ordinance, resolution, or order adopted by the council.
Councils may override the veto by two-thirds vote of the total membership of the council.
|Administrative Duties of the Mayor|
• Mayors of cities and towns with mayor/council form of government are required to prepare and submit a budget to the city council for approval on or before December 1 of each year.
• All mayors of cities of the first class must submit to the city council within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the city during the previous fiscal year. (State of the City report)
• The mayor administers the day-to-day activities and supervises the city department heads and officers.
|The Mayor's duties of Appointment and Removal|
Mayors of cities of the first class without civil service have the absolute right to appoint the police chief and fire chief. The council has no say in the matter.
Unless otherwise provided by state law, mayors in all cities with the mayor/council form of government have the power to appoint and remove department heads. (City councils have the authority to override the mayor's action by two-thirds vote of all members.)
Mayors may Appoint
• Board of library trustees
• Board of plumbing inspectors
• A plumbing inspector
• A health officer
• Airport commission
• Parks and recreations commission
The mayor of a first class city with mayor/council form of government with non-civil service fire and police departments may suspend the fire or police chief for inefficiency, misconduct, or neglect of duty until the next meeting of the city council. At that meeting, the mayor shall lay the matter before the council. Unless his action is approved and the chief is removed from office at the meeting within 5 days thereafter, by a majority vote of the council-elect, the suspension shall cease.
|Duties of the Aldermen/Council Members|
City council members are officers and officials of their city.
The city council...
• Has the management and control of the city finances and all real and personal property belonging to the city.
• Approves or disapproves an annual operating budget by February of each year.
• Sets the procedures by ordinance for making purchases that do not exceed the sum of $5,000 in cities of the first class.
• May override the mayor's appointment and removal of department heads by two-thirds vote of the total membersnip.
• May override the mayor's veto by two-thirds vote.
• Calls for a special election in cities of the first class to fill the vacancy of the unexpired mayor's term of office, if the unexpired term is for more than six months.
• May fill, by appointment in cities of the first class, the vacancy to the office of mayor if the expired term is less than six months.
• Sets the salaries of the mayor, council, and other municipal officials. Salaries may be increased during the term, but not decreased during the term of office.
• May remove, on the mayor's recommendation, and by a majority vote of the members of the council in a non-civil service city, the police or fire chief in cities of the first class.
Information quoted from the Guidebook for Newly Elected Municipal Officials Of Mayor-Council Cities.
Rules for City Council agenda submissions
• In order to submit something to be considered for the city council agenda, the proposal must be turned in by 10:00 AM the Thursday prior to the council meeting. 20 copies of the proposal must be collated and stapled.
• Persons wishing to address the council must submit the request to the City Clerk in writing by 10:00 AM the Thursday prior to the meeting.
• Other rules, specific to the type of proposal, are too numerous to list here. For specific information, contact Donna Jackson at 935-0305.