- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender wants to double the length of the mayor’s term of office and add a year to the terms of Rapid City Council members.

Under Allender’s proposal, City Council members would serve terms of three years and the mayor four years. Both the mayor and council members now serve two-year terms, the shortest allowed by state law.

Allender believes lengthening the terms of office would promote continuity, political stability and efficiency in city government.

The council passed a similar ordinance in 2012, but then-Mayor Sam Kooiker vetoed it, saying any lengthening of office terms should be pushed by voters through an initiated measure. The council fell one vote short of overriding the veto.

Allender’s proposal could come before the council later this month, the Rapid City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1FfKAKg ). At least one member is likely to oppose it. Alderman John Roberts said any changes to terms of office should be decided by a public vote, not by the council.

“You look at how many people distrust government, and then we go and try to extend our own terms of office,” he said. “It’s kind of self-serving.”

Alderwoman Darla Drew said she would support the proposal.

“Two years just doesn’t seem … long enough, just to get the knowledge you need to govern effectively,” she said.

Other large cities in South Dakota have longer mayoral terms than does Rapid City. Aberdeen’s mayor serves a five-year term, Sioux Falls and Watertown mayors each serve four-year terms, and mayors serve three years in Brookings, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, Huron, Spearfish and Sturgis.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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