Suwannee Democrat


March 19, 2014

Live Oak police chief ordinance remains unsigned

Live Oak —

Live Oak Mayor Sonny Nobles said he will make a decision by Friday on whether he signs Ordinance 1353 that could place the police chief position on a ballot to allow voters to decide if the position should be elected.

The Live Oak City Council passed Ordinance 1353 by a 3-2 vote on March 11 which sent it to the desk of Nobles for his approval or denial.

“I have spent the last couple of weeks studying the police chief ordinance. I have been listening to our residents and testing the pulse of the community,” Nobles said by email Wednesday morning. “I will make a decision by this Friday as to whether I will sign or object to the ordinance so that it can be placed on the ballot should I sign it.”

Should he decide to veto the ordinance, Nobles must declare his objections in writing to the council. The council then must choose, in a public meeting, if they wish to override him which would require a 4-1 vote.

The council also approved an ordinance on March 11 to put before the city voters a measure to decide if they want to move to a city council/manager form of government or continue as is with a council/city administrator. Nobles signed that ordinance on March 12 and it will appear on the May 6 ballot. 

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