Section 11-43A-3.3

Election in Class 7 municipality - Adoption of council-manager form of government.

(a)(1) In addition to any mayor-council form of government authorized in this chapter, the governing body of a Class 7 municipality may elect by resolution to adopt a council-manager form of government comprised of a mayor and four council members elected at-large. No petition of qualified electors is required to initiate such an election by the governing body pursuant to this section. If the governing body elects to adopt a council-manager form of government pursuant to this section, an election on the question shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the municipality. The governing body shall hold the election before January 1, 2011. The question submitted at the election shall be:

"Shall the municipality of ______ adopt a council-manager form of government consisting of a mayor and four council members elected in an at-large election to become operative on the first Monday in November 2012?"

(2) The governing body of the municipality shall call the election and the election shall be conducted pursuant to general municipal election laws.

(b) The mayor of any Class 7 municipality in which an election pursuant to this section is required, by proclamation, within 10 days of the adoption of the resolution by the governing body, shall call an election on the question of the adoption of the council-manager form of government pursuant to this section. The election shall be held before January 1, 2011. If the mayor fails, by proclamation, to call the election within the 10-day period, the majority of the council, by resolution, shall call the election.

(c) A change in the form of government adopted pursuant to this section shall become effective on the first Monday in November 2012.

(d) This section supersedes all other laws in conflict only for the purpose of holding the election in 2010 and making the change in the form of government approved at the election. When these purposes have been effectuated, this section shall have no further force or effect.

(Act 2010-544, p. 951, §1.)