WR Council Updates 70-Year-Old Charter | News
Warner Robins City Council held their first meeting of the new year Monday night And they started the year with an update to a seventy year old charter.
"It's something that's been on my mind, and I just asked the other council members if they would follow along with me." explains Council member Carolyn Robbins.
The update, if passed by legislature, will increase the age to run for city council from 18 to 21. It would also require you to live in the city for a year, currently you only have to live in the city for three months to run for city council.
The update would also raise the age to run for mayor to 23.
"I think you need to live in the community a little bit and know what's going on in the community before you can really make the decisions." explains Robbins.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen says, "You've got to know our city and know the history to know where you're going to bring us in the future."
Robbins says raising the age to run, brings more maturity to the office.
Since Warner Robins council approved an update to the charter, it now goes to legislature for a vote.
Carolyn Robbins says they hope to have an answer by March, or by the end of the legislative session, just in time for qualifying.
During the meeting council welcomed a new addition to the Warner Robins police department. Scott Welter was sworn into the department.
America's Promise Alliance also named the city one of 100 best communities for young children.
"This is two years in a row Warner Robins in 2011 and 2012 was voted one of the best places in the country for people to live and it's got to do with our public safety, our education, our healthcare." says Mayor Shaheen.