No action expected on bill that would give Snellville mayor more power

Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz used this week’s city council work session as an opportunity to read aloud a proposed bill before the state that would essentially change the city charter to provide her more power. Senate Bill 228, submitted by Gloria Butler, D-55, would define the mayor as “the chief executive officer of the City of Snellville.” The existing charter states the mayor serves as chairman of the city council with a vote “as any other member.”

Further changes would provide the Snellville mayor the authority to dismiss the city attorney “with or without cause.” The bill also gives the mayor the authority to appoint the city clerk. The previous charter states the mayor and city council hold that responsibility. The bill is not expected to move forward.