Section 10.1 Purpose of article
Transitions from the existing form of government to the form of government established by this charter are guided by this article. Where this article is inconsistent with other articles of this charter, the provisions of this article shall constitute exceptions.
Section 10.2 Form of government established
The form of government provided in this charter shall be established on January 1, 2015, in accordance with Article XI, Section 4, of the Washington State Constitution. This date shall be known as the "effective date." On the effective date, county commissioners holding office shall become council members. The board of county commissioners shall become the county council on the effective date. The board of county commissioners' executive authority shall transfer from the board to the county administrator, who shall become the acting county manager on the effective date. The council shall not appoint a permanent county manager until all five (5) council members are elected and sworn into office. If the county administrator position is vacant, the council may appoint a qualified individual to hold the position on an interim basis until a county manager is selected as per the provisions of this transition article.
Section 10.3 Continuation of ordinances and vested rights
All county ordinances, policies and resolutions in force immediately prior to the effective date, to the extent they are consistent with the provisions of this charter, shall remain in full force and effect until amended or repealed. All contracts, rights, claims, obligations, proceedings and liabilities in favor of or against the county, and all criminal proceedings existing immediately prior to the effective date, are not affected by adoption or effectiveness of this charter and shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 10.4 Boards and commission
All boards, commissions and task forces existing on the effective date shall continue until modified or abolished by ordinance.
Section 10.5 Budget
The budget approved by the board of county commissioners for 2015-2016 shall remain in effect through the end of the budget period, unless revised by the council.
Section 10.6 Transition to council districts, elections and terms of office
- On the effective date, the county council shall be three (3) members, with council districts being the same as existing county commissioner districts. Members shall elect a chair. Transition to a five (5) member council shall occur on January 1, 2016.
- On the effective date, each county commissioner whose position was filled by election in 2012 shall continue in office as a county council member for the remainder of the term to which he or she was elected. The person elected in the 2014 general election for Commissioner District 3 shall serve as a county council member until December 31, 2018, when the term of that position shall expire.
- In the 2015 primary and general elections, the voters of the county shall elect two (2) council members to take office January 1, 2016. One (1) council member shall be nominated and elected countywide. The council member elected countywide shall be the chair of the council beginning January 2016. The other member shall be elected from either Council District 1 or District 2, whichever is the vacant council seat remaining after the November 2014 election. These two (2) council members shall serve initial terms of three (3) years, which shall expire December 31, 2018. Subsequently, the full term of office for county council members shall be four (4) years.
- On January 1, 2016, former county commissioners serving on the three (3) member council shall transition to represent a district established under this charter as follows:
- Commissioner District 1 representative shall represent Council District 4.
- Commissioner District 2 representative shall represent Council District 3 subject to the exception under 4. of this section.
- Commissioner District 3 representative shall represent either Council District 1 or District 2, depending on the residence of the candidate winning the November 2014 county commissioner election.
- If two council members reside in the same district, the council member residing closest to another council district, other than their district in common, shall represent the other district for the remainder of the term for which they are elected. The council member residing further from any other district shall represent the district in which the council member resides.
- In the event of a vacancy in a county council position between the effective date and the January 2016 assignments to council districts, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall reside in the same council district as the original council member.
Section 10.7 Salaries of elected officials
The salaries of council members shall be:
- County commissioners elected in 2012 and serving through December 2016: one hundred two thousand two hundred twenty-eight dollars ($102,228).
- County commissioner elected in 2014 and serving January 2015 through December 2018: one hundred two thousand two hundred twenty-eight dollars ($102,228) in 2015 and 2016 and fifty-three thousand dollars ($53,000) in 2017-2018.
- County council members elected in 2015 and serving January 2016 through December 2018: fifty-three thousand dollars ($53,000).
- Any person appointed or elected to fill an unexpired term of a council member elected before 2015 shall be paid fifty-three thousand dollars ($53,000) per year.
Section 10.8 Code revisions
On or about December 31, 2015, the prosecuting attorney shall propose amendments to the Clark County Code that are necessary to make code consistent with this charter.
Section 10.9 Charter amendments
The county council may not propose amendments to this charter until all five (5) council members are seated.