To the Editor:
In the city of DeKalb, there are two government positions that are elected citywide – mayor and city clerk.
It’s a good idea to retain this practice because it gives the public more direct contact with local government. The people should be responsible for their government. In the long run, the more we give up, the more we lose.
There is a referendum on the ballot that addresses the city clerk position and it reads:
“Shall the City Clerk in the City of DeKalb, Illinois be selected by the City Manager with the advice and consent of the Mayor and City Council, rather than elected?”
The city clerk maintains documents and records in addition to keeping minutes from City Council meetings. It is important to have someone in this position who is directly accountable to the public. To place this office under the control of the city manager would further remove the public from a more direct relationship with its government.
If the public abdicates its responsibility to elect its leadership, the result will be less of an opportunity to exercise its power to maintain the public interest. A democracy functions when the electorate participates as much as possible. Let’s not give up our right to elect. Please vote “no” on this referendum. Retain your right to be a full participant in this wonderful process of democracy.
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