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.