2022, Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther will seat a Charter Review
Commission, per the requirements of the Columbus City Charter that require a
commission be seated in this year, and once every ten years thereafter, for the
purpose of reviewing the Charter and making recommendations for potential
revisions. Those selected by Council and
the Mayor to serve on the Commission will study the operation of city
government and help find ways to improve our service to the community.
Columbus City Charter, originally adopted by voters in 1914, outlines the
fundamental rights, powers and responsibilities of the citizens and their
elected municipal officials. The
Charter was last amended in 2020 to create a civilian police review board and
in 2018 to create district representation for Council. In 2014, the last
Charter Review Commission recommended changes that resulted in several reforms
to initiated ordinances, petitions, campaign finance, and ethics.
Charter review will be comprehensive and open to the public, culminating in
recommendations to Council and the Mayor that may include specific amendment
language, suggestions to improve, clarify or modernize the Charter, or
recommendations to further research sections that require additional
consideration or deliberation. Any recommendations made by the Charter Review
Commission to amend the Charter will require a vote of Council and the approval
of Columbus voters.
For questions or more
information, please email [email protected]
the City Charter provisions governing this Commission, click here.