Rapid City Mayor Vetoes Longer Office Terms
by Associated Press
February 28, 2012 8:30 AM
Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker is drawing criticism for his veto of a City Council decision to extend term lengths in the future.
The council last week approved extending terms for council members and the mayor from two years to three. The change would not have applied to those currently in office.
Supporters say it would provide more stability to government, and some councilmen aren't happy with Kooiker's vetoes of the two ordinances. But Kooiker says he thinks the decision should rest with voters.
The local Chamber of Commerce board during its March 8 meeting is to discuss circulating petitions to get the matter on the November ballot.