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Puyallup council approves term limits

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm with 5 Comments »
January 18, 2011 9:38 pm

The Puyallup City Council may be guaranteed some new faces in the near future.

In a 6-1 vote tonight, the council gave initial approval to an ordinance that would impose 12-year term limits on council members.

The new rule must be voted on once more before it takes effect. If it’s finalized, there would be a fairly immediate impact: Mayor Kathy Turner and council members Don Malloy and Rick Hansen wouldn’t be able to run for re-election when their current terms expire.

Deputy Mayor Tami Brouillet cast the sole dissenting vote, saying it should be up to voters who serves on the council.

But others said capping the time each member can serve is the right move.

“It introduces fresh thinking and new ideas,” said Councilwoman Nicole Martineau.

The council has discussed term limits before, but stopped short of imposing them.

If Puyallup does end up with term limits, it won’t be alone. Tacoma and Pierce County also have them, although those local governments limit the number of consecutive, not cumulative, years a member can serve.

Puyallup’s ordinance would cap the total number of years at 12, even if they’re broken up over decades.

That’s the case with Hansen, who served for eight years in the 1980s before re-joining the council roughly three years ago.

Turner and Malloy both have served well over 12 years; their current terms end in December.

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  1. It doesn’t change anything. The City of Puyallup will still be beholden
    to the big business, big box type monsters. If the city were to have a
    tax base of small to medium businesses the horrible influences of the
    culture and money gobblers wouldn’t continue to destroy this city.

  2. puyallupmutt says:

    Before the champagne corks start popping hailing the end of the Dark Days of the Turner regime, remember that there is almost a year left on her “lame duck” session. We are fully aware of what kind of stunts she and her puppets Tami and Nicky can pull. Tax dodges for themselves Old timers can remember the 6 months from hell executed by Governor Dixie Lee Ray after she was booted at the primary. With the 3 stooges up there, we have 12 months of damage control to contain the self serving scams.
    Be watchful !

  3. Tami apparently doesn,t realize that its already up to the voters, but sometimes the voters have the wool pulled over their eyes.

  4. “Deputy Mayor Tami Brouillet cast the sole dissenting vote, saying it should be up to voters who serves on the council.”

    Point made! This one slipped through because she was the only warm body on the ballot. Quite a race wasn’t it? Sad. That’ll never happen again!

    “Who ever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.” – Cowboy Slim

    Geddy up!

  5. puyallupmutt says:

    I suspect Tami was trying her feeble best to keep her seat open for her husband. But he will be term limited out. She has been a huge embarrassment for the city. Turner giving her the job of Deputy Mayor was an insult to the city. Tami does nothing for Puyallup and simply has no idea what is going on.

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