The Scottsdale City Council is moving forward to create a treasurer position as outlined in the city’s charter. By a 4-3 vote, the council on Tuesday directed city staff to put the matter on a future agenda for discussion.
Their decision was prompted by a citizen petition filed by Scottsdale resident and former City Council candidate Bill Crawford.
The issue has been a bone of contention among some community activists and selfstyled fiscal conservatives on the council.
Some council members said hiring a treasurer will politicize the way the city handles its money. Supporters say hiring a treasurer is a smart way to manage tax dollars given the size and scope of the city government.
City Manager Jan Dolan currently serves as the city’s treasurer. The city also has a full-time financial services general manager, Craig Clifford.
Four City Council members voted to have the matter put on a future agenda for discussion — Jim Lane, Bob Littlefield, Ron McCullagh and newcomer Tony Nelssen.
Mayor Mary Manross, along with council members Betty Drake and Wayne Ecton, voted against that motion.
“I see no reason to drag this into the political arena,” Drake said.
Hiring a treasurer would be the responsibility of the sevenmember City Council, and that process would be influenced by the political persuasions of the sitting council, Manross said in explaining her opposition.
In addition, the City Council voted to take no action on three other petitions.
• A request to reconvene a citizens group wanting to have a voice in SkySong’s proposal for apartments at their mixeduse technology center project.
• A requirement that all charter officers live in Scottsdale to hold their positions.
• A request by area developer Richard Funke to exchange land he owns in downtown Scottsdale for the future location of a water booster plant.