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LeChee Residents to Cast Votes in February

LeChee Residents to Cast Votes in February
January 21
11:40 2016

In February voters in LeChee will decide whether the chapter changes to a commission-manager form of government or remains in a “five management” system under the Local Governance Act.

Under a commission manager system, the LeChee Chapter would operate under the auspices of a representative government with power in the hands of a five-member commission. The commission would be authorized to pass ordinances, adopt regulations and appoint a chapter manager.

Chapter Manager Wilford Lane said this potential change has been under discussion for two years. He said the commission manager system is “a proven form” of government that should work well in LeChee.

Not everyone agrees.

Margie Tso argues that the move would be a step toward communism.

“I’m old-fashioned. I would like for our chapter to continue to conduct meetings with a quorum of 25,” Tso said.

The idea of changing the governing style was proposed by LeChee native – and former Navajo presidential candidate – Chris Clark Deschene and an alternative form of government (AFOG) committee in 2012.

The LeChee Chapter became LGA certified on Jan. 31, 2012; that’s when it became eligible to change its form of government if the people wanted to.

“The powers that were given to use to exercise certain authorities, that’s what we need to move forward,” Lane said.

The vote is scheduled to be held at the chapter house on February 2.

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