On Friday, the Billings City Council released an apology saying that they had briefly considered what it might be like to have a mayor without real estate ties.
“We recognize that this was clearly a lapse of judgment on the part of the city,” said a spokesperson for the council. “This has been the perfect opportunity for us to outline formal criteria for mayoral candidates so this doesn’t happen again.”
The report detailed a number of requirements, including:
The candidate has privately leased to tenants
The candidate has paid for their face to be on a bus stop
The candidate has paid for an ad on the side of a bus
The candidate’s Facebook page is only used for inviting friends to ‘like’ their realtor page, and all they talk about it is “how much I love that my job helps people find their dream homes”
“After such successes with Tom Hanel and presiding Mayor Bill Cole, we don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t have anyone who doesn’t meet these simple requirements.”