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Commissioners split on 'strong mayor' system

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 7:18 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

Whoever is elected mayor of Santa Fe in 2018 would have more authority than his predecessors to hire and fire top city employees, vote on all council decisions and be barred from holding any other job, under proposals endorsed on a widely split vote Thursday evening the Santa Fe Charter Review Commission.

The commissioners took up so much time debating the merits of a so-called “strong mayor” system that they never got around to addressing whether to add to the city charter policy issues addressing such issues as gun regulation, marijuana legalization and the impacts of cellphone towers.

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