Of the Keizertimes

After several weeks of debate, Keizer City Councilors on Monday evening approved an ordinance spelling out how to remove rogue councilors.

If they want to, that is.

Two councilors – Dennis Koho and Jim Taylor – still balked at the idea and tried to get a motion approved calling for the ouster of a councilor to be decided upon by voters. That motion fell 4-2.

The topic of removing councilors for interference with city administration was first discussed at the Aug. 19 council meeting. Mayor Lore Christopher worked with city attorney Shannon Johnson on moving forward with the ordinance, which had been looked at in the past but largely ignored until earlier this year, when then-councilor Ken LeDuc was accused of having an encounter with a member of the public.

Following discussion at the previous two council meetings, Johnson made further changes to the ordinance for Monday’s meeting. One change was allowing the councilor in question the chance to discuss and vote on the matter.

“To prohibit a city councilor from voting could lead to challenges,” Johnson said. “Since most votes require a supermajority anyway, it really isn’t going to change much. I added language that a council member may, if they wish, participate. But I would hope they see it’s inappropriate to comment.”

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