Council calls for the election of Charter Review commissioners
The Pierce County Council voted unanimously yesterday to call for the nonpartisan election of a Charter Review Commission during the 2005 primary and general elections.
The commission is comprised of 21 citizen members, three from each council district, and is charged with reviewing the Charter to determine its adequacy and suitability to the needs of the County. The commission may propose amendments to the Charter. Any proposed amendment would be placed on the ballot in the 2006 general election.
The Charter serves as the “constitution” of Pierce County and it requires a formal citizen review at least every 10 years. The last Charter Review Commission was elected in the fall of 1995 and served during 1996.
Commission candidates must be registered voters and Pierce County residents for at least five years. Commission members serve terms of office not to exceed six months.
Information about filing for the office of Charter Review commissioner is available at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, Elections Division at (253) 798-7430.