Piqua is served by five commissioners representing the five wards.
Click here to see an interactive ward map. This map will allow users to zoom in, search their address, and click on the parcel to confirm their ward and commissioner. The box adjacent to “Wards” will need to be checked on the right side of the screen under “Layer List” for the ward layer to appear.
Each Commissioner must live within the ward that he/she represents. Any person eligible to the commission may be placed in nomination by a petition filed in his behalf with the election authorities and signed by not less than fifty (50) nor more than one hundred (100) electors of his ward, as a candidate for ward commissioner.
Election of commissioners is city wide with the entire city electing all commissioners and is nonpartisan. Elected Commissioners serve a term of four years. City Commissioner elections are held in November in odd numbered years. The election of commissioners is staggered so that all seats are not contested at the same time. Ward 3 and Ward 4 will be contested in 2013, 2017, etc. Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 5 will be contested in 2011, 2015, etc.
The Mayor of Piqua is also known as the President of the Commission. He/She must be one of the five commissioners. The Mayor is appointed by a vote of the five commissioners. The mayor serves a two year term.
For more detailed information about the election of Commissioners and the Mayor, please see the City of Piqua Charter.
City of Piqua Form of Government: Council-Manager
The City of Piqua runs on a Council-Manager form of government. Take a look at this short video from ICMA that explains what a Council-Manager form of government means and the benefits of it. Click the links below for more resources:
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. Through expansive partnerships with local governments, federal agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropic funders, the organization gathers information on topics such as sustainability, health care, aging communities, economic development, cybersecurity, and performance measurement and management data on a variety of local government services—all of which support related training, education, and technical assistance. ICMA provides support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 12,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.*
ICMA’s Municipal Form of Government survey has been conducted nine times since 1974 and is the most
comprehensive resource available on form of government, provisions for referenda or recall, terms of office,
mayoral powers, and other data pertaining to the structure of local government in the United States.*
Study Confirms Council-Manager Governments are more Ethical: Read the whole ICMA Blog Post Here
Abstract: While trust in government at all levels is at an all-time low, actual corruption at the municipal level has been declining. One factor often credited with this decline is the introduction of the council-manager form of government. One of the key reasons the council-manager form was created in the early 1900s was to act as an antidote to the corruption prevalent in the big-city machine politics of the era. Despite this, no one has tested whether the council-manager form has in fact influenced the decline in corruption rates. This article uses a rare events logit model to analyze corruption convictions in municipalities between 1990 and 2010 to determine which factors, including form of government, affect the probability that a corrupt act will occur. The findings indicate that municipalities with the council-manager form are 57 percent less likely to have corruption convictions than municipalities with the mayor-council form.
*Write up and/or materials provided by ICMA.
At the request of the City Commission, city staff analyzed the requests made by the Citizens for Fair Piqua Utilities Pricing group. Our analysis provides how the utility currently functions, history, and the operational and/or financial impact of proposed changes.
View the full report here: Utilities Impact Report
UPDATE FROM THE MIAMI COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS:
Please be advised as of July 14, 2017 there has been boundary changes to both Ward 3 and Ward 4 within the City of Piqua.
The following streets are no longer to be part of Ward 3 and will now be part of Ward 4:
314 – 429 BOONE ST.
609 – 823 [ODD] BROADWAY
315 – 417 [ODD] CAMP ST.
600 – 827 CALDWELL ST.
600 – 902 [EVEN] N. DOWNING ST.
112 – 428 [EVEN] W. NORTH ST.
314 – 416 PARK AV.