More Power to the Mayor?

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Currently the city's mayor, called a leadership mayor, acts as a figurehead with the same powers as a city commissioner. A Charter Review Committee listened to ideas on whether Tallahassee should have a "strong mayor"--which is a mayor with more decision-making power.

The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Commissioner Andrew Gillum both support a "strong mayor" government. "I do think we're approaching a place where a strong mayor who has the ability to propose an agenda, to act on that agenda and to be held accountable for that agenda." said Gillum.

The Charter Review Committee says it will meet again in a few weeks to discuss and possibly vote on the issue. However, some committee board members say they like how commissioners are able to bring different perspectives to the table and they fear a "strong mayor" would take that way.

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