Sandy Springs Councilwoman Karen Meinzen-McEnerny said she believes term limits would encourage citizens to get more involved in the political process. But she said she doubts the limits will be imposed anytime soon since the idea didn’t survive in the original charter.
Carolyn Axt, a member of the charter commission, said she believes term limits will help freshen leadership in the city as it grows.
“People will feel more encouraged to get involved because they will know these seats will come open,” she said.
Sandy Springs’ charter calls for a five-year review, which is the task of the commission, Paul said. He said the commission will review the entire charter and make suggestions for improvements. Many will be just tweaking words or phrases, he said, with the recommendation of term limits likely to be the biggest suggested change.
For example, one of the suggestions that has come from the review involves adding the word "contractors" for city workers to reflect the mix of public and private in the government structure.
The commission also decided earlier this year not to recommend at-large posts for the City Council.
The group is set to meet again Tuesday to continue its review of the charter. Paul said the commission still has “a long way to go in the review process,” but the review is needed because it “allows us to look back and make recommendations for changes.”