Mayor Linda Elam, currently running for a seat in the state legislature, managed to postpone consideration of a proposed charter amendment that would prohibit the mayor or any commissioner from simultaneously holding another elected office.
The proposed charter amendment includes the line, “No person may serve simultaneously as a commissioner or mayor and in an elected office within the county, state or federal government.”
Because Mt. Juliet voters approved Mt. Juliet becoming a “Home Rule” city in 2006, all amendments to the charter must be approved by the voters. Sponsor Ed Hagerty had wanted the charter amendment submitted to the voters on the November, 2010 ballot, which would have prohibited Elam, if she were elected to the legislature, from continuing as Mayor. Elam (on a 3-2) managed to postpone submitting the proposed amendment to the voters until 2012.
Commissioner Jim Bradshaw is also running for the County Commission on the Aug 5th ballot and has said he intends to hold both offices if elected. It is not clear if the charter amendment would affect him were he to win election to the county commission in August and the charter amendment were to be approved in November.
Below is the full text of the proposed charter amendment as submitted to the City Commission by Commissioner Ed Hagerty: