Arlington Mayor Considering Next Move After Term Limits Proposition Passes

Andrew Greenstein
November 07, 2018 - 4:51 pm
Mayor Jeff Williams

City of Arlington

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams is considering his next move after citizens in his city voted overwhelmingly to approve term limits.

"It's disappointing," says Mayor Williams; "but however, our city has always found ways to move ahead, and we are called often the can-do city."

Mayor Williams says he is already working on his next move.

"I'm going to move forward with a citizens term limit committee to study and come forward with a reasonable normal term limit proposal that doesn't have a lifetime ban," he says.

The term limits measure dictates a limit of three, two-year terms for the mayor and city council.

Those who serve their term limit would be ineligible to serve again.

"I heard from a lot of citizens there that voted yes," Mayor Williams says. "They said, 'Hey we love term limits. We don't like this one necessarily but it's the only one on the ballot and we know that you can come back and change it.'"

Any measure that the committee drafts and the council passes would need to go to the voters again -- but not for a while.

"Based on our charter, it would come forward in about two years," Mayor Williams says. "That's how long we have to wait before it would come forward."

In the meantime, the term limits measure the voters passed goes into effect immediately.

"I will lose three council members this next election," Mayor Williams says.