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Van Wert considering charter city option

Mayor Jerry Mazur said this will give the town more flexibility.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 10:16 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 6:09 AM

VAN WERT, Ohio (WFFT) - Van Wert leaders are considering making the town a charter city.

Mayor Jerry Mazur said this will give the town more flexibility.

The city is currently a statutory city, meaning its ordiances must follow state laws.

A charter city will allow city leaders to use state law as a guide, meaning hiring police officers and firefighters could be easier.

"It can base it more on the experience of the individual applying, plus their test scores. It gives the police chief and the fire chief a little more latitude," said Van Wert mayor Jerry Mazur.

Van Wert voters will likely vote on becoming a charter city in November.

They will also vote for a 15 member charter commission, who will then write the city charter, outlining the type of government that's best for the town.

"If we come a charter city and the charter commission wanted to keep the very same thing. They could do that," said Mazur.

It's not clear how much changing the structure will cost because it depends on the type of charter that is ultimately chosen, which will take about two years.

"It's not a wish list thing. You just can't recreate the whole government system here. There are guidelines for everything," said Mazur.

If you would like to serve on the charter commission, just contact the mayor's office at 419-238-1237.

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