THE SAN Mateo County Controller's position has been an elected position since 1856 when the county was first incorporated. At November's Presidential General election county voters will decide if the position should be changed into an appointed position.
It will take a two-thirds majority of the vote to make the change which will appear on the November 6 ballot. The last time a Charter Amendment was approved by the voters to change the status of elected offices was over 20 years ago when the Assessor and County Clerk-Recorder were merged into one office. At that time, the voters gave up one elected position.
Nine of 58 counties in California that have appointed controllers.
Now it's up to the voters.
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