Sunday, December 7, 2008
Filing for City Offices Open on December 16th
Filing for the April, 7, 2009 Raytown Municipal Elections opens on Tuesday, December 16th and closes on Tuesday, January 20th. In the April, 2009 election six seats on the ten member Board of Aldermen will be filled. Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4 will each elect one member to the Board. Ward 5 has two open slots for the election. A four-year term and the remaining two years of an incomplete term. The two year term election in Ward 5 is to fill the spot left vacant by former Ward 5 Alderman Pat Reilly. If more than one candidate files for any particular seat on the first day of filing, ballot position will be chosen by lottery. Candidates filing for public office after the first day will be placed on the ballot in the order in which they file. Also up for election this year are the offices of City Marshal/Chief of Police, and Municipal Judge. Both elections are for a four year term of office. Following is the Public Notice of the Filing Fees, Salary and Benefits for each position. REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for the Board of Aldermen, Municipal Judge and City Marshal/Chief of Police are required to be registered voters and residents of the City of Raytown. FILING FEES: Board of Alderman . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Municipal Judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35.00 City Marshal/Chief of Police . . . . $35.00 Candidates may also file for office by petition. Those filing by petition are not required to pay a filing fee. The number of signatures for each office is shown below. Petition forms for filing by petition are available at the City Clerk’s office at Raytown City Hall. The petitions must be signed by registered voters and notarized. PETITION QUOTAS: Board of Aldermen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 signatures Municipal Judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 signatures City Marshal/Chief of Police . . . . . 150 signatures SALARY AND BENEFITS: BOARD OF ALDERMEN Members of the Board of Aldermen are paid $450 each month. Four hundred dollars is considered salary and the $50 is for auto allowance. If they choose, Board members may enroll in the city’s group health and dental insurance programs. Cost of the program is the responsibility of those who choose to participate in the plan. The Board of Aldermen meet twice a month in regular session on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Each Board member serves on one of two standing committees, the Finance Committee and the Municipal Committee. The committees meet on an irregular basis. (Example: The Municipal Committee has met four times in 2008) MUNICIPAL JUDGE The Municipal Judge is paid $24,895.94 annually. The Municipal Judge may also participate in the city’s health and dental insurance programs. Cost of the premium is the responsibility of the Judge. CITY MARSHAL/CHIEF OF POLICE The City Marshal/Chief of Police is paid $91,162.97 annually. The City Marshal/Chief of Police is also provided a vehicle, maintenance/fuel, and a cell phone allowance. The position of City Marshal/Chief of Police is considered a full time position and is automatically enrolled in the city’s health and dental insurance programs. The person elected City Marshal/Chief of Police is also enrolled in the city’s pension fund. So, there you have it. The rest is easy. If you are interested in serving in the public’s interest . . . ready yourself . . . put your head down and push hard for the finish line. The one with the most votes wins.