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AGO 1991 No. 3 >  February 1, 1991
CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS - ELECTIONS - FREEHOLDERS
CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- CHARTERS ‑- ELECTIONS ‑- FREEHOLDERS 1.  A first class city may, by ordinance, require candidates for the office of freeholder to be nominated in a primary election. 2.  A first class city may, by ordinance, require candidates for the office of freeholder to run for specific freeholder positions, as opposed to all candidates running against one another.   3.  A first class city may, by ordinance, require candidates for the office of freeholder to reside in specific areas or districts of the city .   However, the election itself must be city wide.  The office of freeholder is a city wide office and a first class city cannot, by ordinance, authorize freeholders to be elected by the voters of a district of the city. 
AGO 1991 No. 22 >  June 24, 1991
CITIES AND TOWNS - COUNTIES - ELECTIONS - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - CHARTERS - OPTIONAL MUNICIPAL CODE - AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE TERM LIMITATIONS ON ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- COUNTIES ‑- ELECTIONS ‑- OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- CHARTERS ‑- OPTIONAL MUNICIPAL CODE ‑- AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE TERM LIMITATIONS ON ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS 1.  Charter cities, charter counties, noncharter first class cities and noncharter code cities have the authority to impose a limit on the number of terms a locally elected official can serve.   2.  Depending upon the provisions of their charter, charter cities and charter counties can adopt a term limitation as a charter provision by ordinance or through the initiative process.  Noncharter first class cities and noncharter code cities can only adopt a term limitation through the passage of an ordinance.
AGO 2000 No. 6 >  July 28, 2000
ELECTIONS - PUBLIC OFFICERS - CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS - COUNTY AUDITOR
Holding special city election in conjunction with state general election in even-numbered year Where a first-class city has amended its charter to create new officer positions, and the charter amendments provide that the initial special election to fill the new positions will occur in conjunction with the state primary and general election in an even-numbered year, RCW 29.13.020 permits the conduct of a city special election under these circumstances.
AGO 1992 No. 16 >  July 16, 1992
CITIES AND TOWNS - ORDINANCES - CHARTERS
Whether an Ordinance is Invalid if not Published Within a Specified Number of Days RCW 35.22.288 provides that the ordinances of first class cities, or a summary thereof, shall be promptly published in the official newspaper of the city.  However, an ordinance is not invalid under RCW 35.22.288 if it is not published within a specified number of days.
AGO 1992 No. 22 >  September 29, 1992
CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS - AMENDMENT - COUNTIES - AUDITOR - ELECTIONS
Requirements for Placing a City Charter Amendment on the Ballot In a charter city or charter code city the qualified voters may petition, asking for the adoption of a charter amendment.  If the petition meets the requirements of the statute, it will be placed on the ballot at the next general election.  It is not necessary under state law for a city council to pass a resolution directing the county auditor to place on the ballot a city charter amendment proposed by the people.
AGO 1993 No. 4 >  March 22, 1993
CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS - FIREMEN - RETIREMENT - PENSIONS
Appointment of a city director of finance to serve on municipal firemen's pension board RCW 41.16.020 creates a municipal firemen's pension board and provides that one member is the city comptroller or clerk.  If a charter city eliminates the position of comptroller and assigns those functions to a director of finance, the city can assign the director of finance to the pension board instead of the clerk.
AGO 1999 No. 8 >  August 4, 1999
COUNTIES - CHARTERS - FREEHOLDERS
Authority of county officials to submit alternative provisions for proposed county charter to voters When the state constitution authorizes alternative provisions of a new county charter to be submitted to the voters, it refers exclusively to charter provisions drafted and submitted by the freeholders who have prepared the proposed charter; the law does not permit the county commissioners or any other person to submit alternative provisions to be voted on with the original proposal.
AGLO 1976 No. 4 >  January 9, 1976
CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS
RESUBMISSION OF PROPOSED CITY CHARTER PROVISIONS FOLLOWING VOTER REJECTION Although the city council of a charter city does not, under present law, have the authority to prepare and submit a revised city charter, previously prepared by a board of freeholders but initially rejected by the voters, for the further consideration of those voters, the legislature could, constitutionally, authorize such a city council to take that action; also, consideration of several related questions.
AGLO 1975 No. 29 >  March 17, 1975
CITIES AND TOWNS - FREEHOLDERS - CHARTERS - PRESENTATION TO VOTERS
SUBMISSION OF ALTERNATIVE CHARTER PROVISIONS If a board of freeholders is elected by the voters of a first class city under RCW 35.22.140 to prepare and propose a new or revised city charter for submission to the vote of the people, the freeholders may submit a charter which is complete except for one section and call upon the voters to select between two alternatives as to that section.
AGLO 1973 No. 77 >  July 23, 1973
CITIES AND TOWNS - FREEHOLDERS - CHARTERS - PRESENTATION TO VOTERS - FORMATION OF NEW OR REVISED CITY CHARTER
CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- FREEHOLDERS ‑- CHARTERS ‑- PRESENTATION TO VOTERS ‑- FORMATION OF NEW OR REVISED CITY CHARTER If a board of freeholders is elected by the voters of a first class city under RCW 35.22.140 to prepare and propose a new or revised city charter for submission to a vote of the people, that charter may not be presented to the voters on a section-by-section basis.
AGO 2012 No. 6 >  July 26, 2012
COUNTIES - COUNTY TREASURER - CHARTERS
Power Of County Legislative Authority To Suspend County Treasurer

1.  The legislative authority of a charter county has the authority to suspend the county treasurer from office under RCW 36.29.090.  RCW 36.29.090 authorizes the legislative authority to suspend a county assessor-treasurer from his or her duties as treasurer, but not from duties as assessor.    2.  For purposes of RCW 36.29.090, an action based upon “official misconduct” is a civil or criminal lawsuit alleging official misconduct and would include recall petitions, criminal prosecutions, and civil actions on required bonds posted by county treasurers to ensure the faithful performance of their duties.    3.  The legislature may, by general law, authorize the legislative authority of charter counties to suspend county treasurers or treasurer-assessors from their duties so long as the legislature’s action does not violate constitutional limitations generally applicable to legislative actions.

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