[Editor's note: Mayor Dennis Clough on July 21 vetoed six ordinances relating to charter amendments passed by Westlake City Council at their July 16 meeting. The actions followed a report submitted on Jan. 24 by the 2019-2020 Charter Review Committee. The committee, a group of nine members – three appointed by Mayor Clough and one each appointed by the six ward Council members – met 12 times over 11 months to review Westlake's charter, as well as the charters of similar cities. They also interviewed Westlake elected officials and all department heads. The committee proposed 15 amendments to the city's charter in their report, and encouraged City Council to present the amendments to Westlake voters in November. According to the codified ordinances, the matter will return to Council, where they may override the mayor's veto by a two-thirds vote. The mayor must provide a statement of his objections for the official record. On Aug. 14, Mayor Clough sent that statement in a press release to members of the local media. The full text is below.]
Westlake City Council voted to adopt 10 ordinances to amend the Westlake City Charter by a two-thirds vote at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 16, 2020. I was compelled to exercise my veto authority for six of these ordinances. My reasons for doing so are stated below.
As a matter of precedent, I have serious apprehensions about any ordinance that would alter the Westlake City Charter in a way that sidesteps recommendations by the Charter Review Committee and is likely to cause needless confusion among voters regarding proposed Charter amendments or the duties and authorities of city officials.