Coral Gables voters were supportive of charter amendments on Tuesday’s ballot, approving all but one of the proposed changes.
Among the notable changes is the creation of runoff elections in the city. City Commission candidates will now have to receive 50 percent plus one vote to win a given race. If they don’t receive the needed simple majority, there will be a runoff between the two candidates with the most votes. That change follows the lead of several other municipalities in Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade County Commission.
The one item that was rejected by voters was the proposed elimination of the city’s trial board. The five-member board was created to hear from employees who appealed their firing, suspension or demotion but it hasn’t been active in several years.
The other ballot items that were approved Tuesday include:
▪ A change in the process of removing commissioners for misconduct. A commissioner’s removal would be tied to the same standards the governor follows for suspending an elected official who is charged with a crime. The commission would also be allowed to censure elected officials.
▪ Addition of a process that allows the City Commission to fill a vacancy if a commissioner dies while in office or cannot serve because of a serious injury or ailment. The substitute would complete the remainder of that official’s term, if necessary.
▪ A more formal requirement for the mayor to appoint a vice mayor and a replacement for the vice mayor, if necessary.