What is happening on Monday, June 27?
On Monday, June 27, the Council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Councilmember Michael Victorino will meet to discuss a variety of proposed charter amendments, including PIA-10(16), which proposes to change the structure of government to a council-manager form of government. CLICK HERE to see the agenda.
What is the County Charter?
The County Charter is the governing document for the County of Maui. It is similar to the United States Constitution and may be only amended by a vote of the electorate. The Maui County Code is a set of laws set-forth by the County Council to carry-out the Charter.
What is a council-manager form of government?
The Maui County Council would hire a professional managing director through a set-forth process that must follow sunshine law guidelines. This professional manager would in-turn be the point person in hiring all department directors based on professional qualifications and merits.
Who proposed this measure?
At the request of many community members, Council Chair White established a Special Governance Committee to look at ways to improve and enhance our County’s governance structure. After months of deliberations, the Committee recommended that “A Managing Director, appointed by the County Council, shall be responsible for the County’s daily operations, the appointment and removal of department heads, and the implementation of County policy; and an elected Mayor shall be responsible for representing the County in intergovernmental affairs, with the authority to approve or veto bills, and nominate board and commission members.” READ THE COMMITTEE REPORT.
The members of the Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee must now decide whether to move this matter forward and put it on the ballot for voters to decide. In order for it to go onto the ballot, two-thirds or 6 members of the council must concur to place it on the ballot.
What type of system do we have now?
Currently, the County of Maui has a “strong-mayor” type of government. The mayor appoints all department directors and deputies and oversees the day to day operations of the county. The council only must confirm the mayor’s department directors for water supply, corporation counsel, and prosecuting attorney. The mayor also appoints with the council’s approval, all boards and commissions.
What resources can I refer to learn more?
You can read a recent Cost of Government Commission Report on the issue or go to the website of the organization promoting a Council-Manager form of governance, www.forthegoodofmaui.org.
How can I voice my opinion?
Send an e-mail to PIA.Committee@mauicounty.us or testify in person at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 27 in the Council Chamber.