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Mayor talks about new term limits

November 14, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Voters approved the new term limits for the office of mayor on Nov. 6. The new legislation means Mayor William Kay has 13 months left before he must step down.

Kay said he respects Frank Micchia who pushed to get the issue on the ballot last week. He said Micchia did what he thought was right, which is something Kay had taught for years.

Kay served as a teacher and principal at Canfield High School where he taught American government in his early years.

"As a young teacher, I taught my students to get involved in government," he said. "I told them if they see something they don't like, they should take the initiative, follow the legal process, and change the system."

He said that is what Micchia did when he went door-to-door with a petition to have the term limits placed on the ballot.

"Mr. Micchia is a great example of the democratic process," Kay said.

Kay has served as Canfield's mayor for the past seven years. He said in looking back at the previous mayors, only one has served more than two terms. That mayor was Spike McLaughlin, who served for 25 years.

One of the main tasks of mayor is to run Canfield Mayor's Court. The court hears misdemeanor cases such as traffic citations and issues with local city codes like property maintenance issues.

To be able to run a mayor's court requires attending yearly seminars on court procedures. While a mayor is attending those seminars or is absent for other reasons, the Mayor's Court is run by a magistrate. For Canfield, that task falls to attorney Rob Rusu, whom city manager Joe Warino said has done a great job.

For the person who steps into the mayor's position at the end of next year, Kay said he will help ensure the change is a good one.

"I'll mentor the new mayor," he said. "He [or she] can sit with me and I'll do everything I can to make it a smooth transition."

In the meantime, Kay said he will continue performing the service of mayor to the best of his abilities.

"I love the community of Canfield, " he said. "For the next 13 months I am going to do the very best job I can as mayor of this outstanding community."



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