CHARTER CHANGE

Crewe officials to hold hearing

Currently, all seven members of Council and the Mayor come up for re-election every two years.

Crewe Town Council will hold a public hearing Nov. 9th on several proposed changes to the Town Charter, including longer terms for future Mayors and members of Town Council.

Currently, all seven members of Council and the Mayor come up for re-election every two years. Under the proposal, all eight Town officials would serve four-year terms, but those terms would be staggered. The Mayor and three members of Council would be elected in one cycle, with the other four Council seats coming up two years later.

All municipal charter changes must be approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Crewe’s proposal wouldn’t take effect until after the next Town elections in 2022.

Crewe Mayor Phil Miskovic says he wants full support of Council and that he would veto any proposal that doesn’t receive at least a two-thirds affirmative vote.

Another change being considered -- and one on which Council is said to be split -- is a proposal to remove the Chief of Police from the list of council appointees, giving the Town Manager direct control over the position. New manager Brian Thrower, who began his duties in January, is among those supporting that proposed amendment.

Blackstone made a similar change in 2015, having the Town Manager oversee the Police Chief on a daily basis, but the Blackstone manager doesn’t have authority to hire and fire that position. That power still rests with Council.

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