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North Royalton residents vote no on Issue 24; mayor doesn't get power to fire police or fire chief

North Royalton Issue 24 protest
Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 14:05:21-05

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — North Royalton residents shot down a charter amendment on Election Day that sought to allow the mayor power to fire a police or fire chief.

Issue 24 was overwhelmingly voted down. A total of 11,023 residents voted no on the measure compared to the 4,424 votes in favor.

The amendment would have given the mayor the ability to appoint or serve as the safety director and would take the authority to remove a police chief or fire chief from office by a majority vote and instead allow the mayor to fire them if necessary.

If passed, the issue would have also abolished the civil service test requirement and allowed the mayor to choose a replacement for chief with council approval. The only requirement for the position would be having at least 10 years of experience.

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