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Ontario council seeks power to hire department heads

Mayor Riley Hill of Ontario. (Angelina Katsanis/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The Ontario City Council wants the power to hire key city employees, upending a long-standing practice of leaving such decisions to the city manager.

Voters in the city will get the final say on that as the council last week supported a number of changes to the city charter. The charter governs how the city runs.

The recommended change, approved 4-2 on Tuesday, June 15, will be on the May 2022 ballot.

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