Bemidji Charter Commission holds annual meeting, elects officers

The Bemidji Charter Commission held their annual meeting Wednesday.

Former Beltrami County Attorney Tim Faver attended his first meeting in his new commission post, and was elected secretary after pointing out in the bylaws that the office of secretary should be a board member, with the city clerk or other staff member to take minutes when available.

Commission member James Ravnikar was voted to be board chair, with former mayor and commission member Rita Albrecht voted as Vice Chair.

The commission discussed a number of agenda items for future meetings, such as re-hashing the 2020 referendum question asking voters if the mayoral term should be four years to coincide with presidential elections.

The point of contention that arose last year was when that started and if the mayoral contest in 2020 would be a four-year term, due to then-candidate Jorge Prince filing for a two-year mayoral term.

Under the last item of business, the commission accepted the resignation of RandiSu Tanem, and declared a vacancy. The next meeting of the Charter Commission is set for August, with the next annual meeting scheduled in 2024.

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