To The Editor:

This is regarding the article: “Tempers Flair at Board of Aldermen Meeting,” in the Pacific section of the Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, issue of The Missourian.

The city of Pacific is a city of the fourth class. The mayor of a fourth-class city, by virtue of the office, has a seat in and presides over the board of aldermen (meetings). The mayor shall exercise a general supervision over all offices and affairs of the city and shall take care to see that all ordinances and state laws relating to the city are compiled with.

The mayor and the board of aldermen shall have the care, management and control of the city and its finances. No law makes the mayor a supreme ruler or dictator!

Most of the time, a simple majority vote of the board of aldermen will either pass or fail a motion. However, certain motions require a two-thirds affirmative vote of the board of aldermen to pass.