Charter Ordinance No. 191  


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  • A CHARTER ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 5 OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 90 AND SECTION (1)(E) OF CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 186 PERTAINING TO THE COMPENSATION AND APPOINTMENT OF MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES, AND REPEALING THE ORIGINALS OF SAID SECTIONS.

    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WICHITA, KANSAS:

    SECTION 1. Section 5 of Charter Ordinance No. 90 shall be amended to read as follows:

    "SECTION 5. The compensation of the judges of the municipal court shall be fixed by the City Council, and salaries for the judges shall be in the same pay grade. Compensation of a judge shall not be diminished during a term of office unless economic conditions cause a reduction in salary for other city employees in similar pay grades. Each municipal court judge shall be evaluated annually according to procedures established by the City Council. The judges shall give their full time to the duties of their office. The judges shall be eligible for all city employment benefits and participation in the city retirement system."

    SECTION 2. Section 1(e) of Charter Ordinance No. 186 shall be amended to read as follows:

    "(e) An incumbent municipal court judge shall be deemed to be a candidate for reappointment unless the judge notifies the City Clerk prior to sixty days from the end of his or her term that he or she does not seek to be reappointed. If there is no notification, it shall be assumed that the incumbent wishes to remain in office. The City Council shall have the discretion to consider and vote whether to reappoint an incumbent municipal court judge without referral to the nominating commission. In making its determination, the Council may consider the judge's annual evaluations in determining if such judge should be retained. If the City Council does not exercise its discretion to consider and vote to reappoint an incumbent judge, the procedure for filling a vacancy set out in Subsections (b), (c) and (d) of this ordinance will be invoked. In such an instance, an incumbent judge shall be a candidate for nomination under such procedure."

    SECTION 3. The originals of Sections 5 of Charter Ordinance No. 90 and Section 1(e) of Charter Ordinance No. 186 are hereby repealed.

    SECTION 4. This ordinance shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official city paper.

    SECTION 5. This is a Charter Ordinance and will take effect sixty-one (61) days after final publication unless a sufficient petition for a referendum is filed and a referendum held on this ordinance as provided in Article 12, Section 5, Subsection (c)(3) of the Constitution of the State of Kansas, in which case, this Charter Ordinance shall become effective if approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon.

    PASSED BY THE GOVERNING BODY, not less than two-thirds of the members elect voting in favor thereof, this November 6, 2001.

    Bob Knight
    Mayor

    APPROVED:

    Patsy Ellis, Deputy
    for Pat Burnett
    City Clerk

    Approved as to Form:

    Gary E. Rebenstorf
    Director of Law