Tuesday, January 4, 2011
DALLAS -- Newly elected Dallas city councilors took two different oaths of office at the city council meeting Monday night.
New Mayor Brian Dalton, returning councilor Jackie Lawson and new councilors Jim Fairchild, Mark McDonald and Beth Jones all stood to take the oath of office to begin Monday's meeting.
McDonald, however, opted to take an oath that was slightly different. He requested in his swearing in that the responsibility to uphold the city of Dallas' charter and ordinances be omitted.
"I felt that it was a Constitutional point," he explained during the meeting, adding that he wants simply to support the constitutions of the United States and the state of Oregon while serving on the council. "I feel they are superior to the city charter."
Dallas City Charter itself does not require councilors to swear to uphold the city's charter or ordinances, said Lane Shetterly, the city's attorney. It does state councilors will swear an oath to "support the constitutions and laws of the United States and of Oregon."
However, it has become common for city councilors to include upholding the charter and ordinances while taking the oath of office.
"That is only customary," Shetterly said. "It's not required."
The council also voted to appoint former Councilor Ken Woods Jr. to fill the seat left vacant by Dalton when he resigned his seat to serve as mayor. Woods ran for mayor instead of seeking re-election to the council and lost to Dalton in the mayoral race.
The city charter only states candidates should be chosen by a majority vote of the council.
Councilors suggested taking applications or appointing the person with the next highest vote tally in November's election.
Councilor Dave Voves changed the discussion, nominating Woods, saying Woods would provide continuity and connection to the statewide and regional transportation committees he serves on.
The council voted 6-2 to appoint Woods. McDonald and Lawson voted no.
The council elected Scroggin as its new president.