Earn Your Spot in the History Books: Serve on the Charter Review Commission

The Mayor and Council have added an additional public hearing date to receive comments from the community on what the scope should be for the work of the Charter Review Commission, which will review and recommend changes to Rockville’s founding document — the charter.

The public hearing will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 13.

The charter, which dates back to the city’s incorporation in 1860, defines how the city is run, similar to a constitution. The document empowers the city to pass ordinances, in accordance with state laws, establishes the city’s corporate limits, and outlines how the city is organized and conducts business. This includes term length and number of elected officials, holding elections, levying taxes, adopting ordinances and providing services.

The commission, which will review specific provisions of the charter and recommend changes, will have 11 Rockville residents who meet once or twice per month. Once convened, the commission will solicit resident input.

The last review commission was created in 2012. According to its Dec. 19, 2012 report, the commission was “comprised of citizens with diverse backgrounds, interest and experience, all of whom are committed to making Rockville the best City it can be. The Commission reflects an incredible amount of experience in Rockville, for which we all have dedication and commitment to this truly All America City.”

Interested applicants should submit a resume and expression of interest to the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. For more information, contact 240-314-8280 or cityclerk@rockvillemd.gov.

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