I read with interest the circumstances described in the recent article titled “Sexual Discrimination Allegations” resulting from comments by a member of Orange Park Town Council.
Any elected official should know the language of the charter under which they serve and act accordingly. Situations like this neither reflect the language of the town charter or portray the image citizens want for their council or town.
Nominations and elections for Mayor or Vice-Mayor positions are not based on sex, race, religion or how long you’ve been on the council.
Section 2.05 of the Charter of the Town of Orange Park states: “After each regular or special election for council members, the council shall meet and elect from among their number a mayor and vice-mayor who shall perform the duties of such offices for one (1) year or until his successor is duly elected and qualified.”
The result is each council member can nominate and vote for the person of their choice.
Serving as mayor or vice-mayor does not give you any more power than any other member of the council.
According to the article, no one nominated that council member for vice-mayor. When this happens and you desire to be considered, nominate yourself.
Edna Griffith Greenewalt
Mayor of Orange Park, 1994-95
Orange Park Charter Revision Advisory Committee, 1974-75