This Tuesday, January 18, the City Council is going to discuss whether or not to adopt an ordinance that would impose term limits on council members.
The ordinance prepared for the meeting gives councilmembers 12 years of service for their lifetime. Under this rule, anyone who has served 12 or more years on the council would be ineligible to run for a seat.
Mayor Kathy Turner has served 18 years on the council, Councilmember Don Malloy has served 20 years, and Councilmember Rick Hansen has served 11 years. Eight years from 1980-1988, then again from 2008-present. He was reelected in 2009, his current term ends in 2013.
Under that ordinance, all three of those members would be ineligible to apply for reelect.
At this point, this ordinance should be passed. It is not the best term limit plan, but Puyallup needs term limits and this will do just that.
The best plan for term limits: two 4-year terms, with a mandatory 4 year break after the second term. After the four year break, that person is eligible to run for another two terms, then a mandatory 4 year break. That person could then run again.
This creates the opportunity for new blood to come on the council and at the same time allows experienced members to run again after spending some time focusing on other things. This eliminates people from making city council positions careers or post retirement hobbies.
According to a PuyallupNOW poll, 55 voters responded, 52 of them in support of term limits, 3 against.
Come and voice your support or opposition to term limits on January 18 at 6 pm.